Erasmus and Voltaire: Why They Still Matter by Ricardo J. QuinonesErasmus and Voltaire: Why They Still Matter by Ricardo J. Quinones

Erasmus and Voltaire: Why They Still Matter

byRicardo J. Quinones

Paperback | November 20, 2015

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Despite comparisons between Erasmus and Voltaire having become common-place in the course of the nineteenth century, this is the first full study to bring them together in their careers, their works, and their historic afterlives. Each was a force for change in his time and thus ranks among the masters of modern liberalism. Beginning with the continuities between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, award-winning scholar Ricardo J. Quinones joins Erasmus and Voltaire as voices of moderation and reason that remain capable of addressing the philosophical crises of twentieth-century thought.

A companion piece to Dualisms, Quinones' 2007 book, Erasmus and Voltaire differs in method: where its predecessor looked to inveterate, unyielding differences, this new work looks to similarities. In delving beneath the obvious differences between these two intellectual giants, Quinones uncovers the great practical and spiritual vocations that unite them.

Ricardo J. Quinones is a professor emeritus in the Department of English at Claremont McKenna College.
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Title:Erasmus and Voltaire: Why They Still MatterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 9.03 × 5.76 × 0.58 inPublished:November 20, 2015Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:148752000X

ISBN - 13:9781487520007

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Table of Contents

Preface

List of Abbreviations

Introduction


Career Episodes

1 Names for Bastards

2 England, always England


Works: Children of a Fortunate Hour

3 Erasmus's Letter to van Dorp and Voltaire's Letter to Rousseau

4 Works Finding Their Ways

5 The Survivors: Praise of Folly and Candide

Dualisms

6 Never a Peace: 'Thus always Cain or Abel'

Epilogue: Recurrence and Recognition


Endnotes

Works Cited

Index

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Despite comparisons between Erasmus and Voltaire having become common-place in the course of the nineteenth century, this is the first full study to bring them together in their careers, their works, and their historic afterlives. Each was a force for change in his time and thus ranks among the masters of modern liberalism. Beginning with the continuities between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, award-winning scholar Ricardo J. Quinones joins Erasmus and Voltaire as voices of moderation and reason that remain capable of addressing the philosophical crises of twentieth-century thought.A companion piece to Dualisms, Quinones' 2007 book, Erasmus and Voltaire differs in method: where its predecessor looked to inveterate, unyielding differences, this new work looks to similarities. In delving beneath the obvious differences between these two intellectual giants, Quinones uncovers the great practical and spiritual vocations that unite them.'Ricardo Quinones, the principal proponent of "Dualisms," that fascinating category of intellectual rivalry, has written a complementary book bringing together figures of similar type living centuries apart. His expectation that this comparison will enhance the importance of both his exemplars, Erasmus and Voltaire, is amply realized.' - Eva Brann, Senior Faculty and Dean Emerita, St. John's College