The Story of Civilization: The Age of Voltaire: A History of Civilization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, With Special Emphasis on the Conflict Between Religion and Philosophy

By Will & Ariel Durant
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"The Story of Civilization: The Age of Voltaire" by Will Durant and Ariel Durant offers a gripping exploration of the Enlightenment era through the life and ideas of one of its most prominent figures, Voltaire.

Spanning from the early 18th century to the late 18th century, this captivating book illuminates the cultural, intellectual, and political developments of the time. The authors painstakingly present the historical context and philosophical underpinnings that shaped Voltaire's beliefs and activism.

From his writings and correspondence to his encounters with influential thinkers and rulers, the reader is taken on a stimulating journey into Voltaire's world. The authors delve into his role as an advocate for reason, a critic of dogma and intolerance, and a devoted defender of civil liberties.

"The Age of Voltaire" also examines Voltaire's impact on society, his relentless pursuit of social justice, and his contributions to literature, science, and the arts. The book explores how he challenged established norms, confronted religious authorities, and sought to reform flawed systems of governance.

With eloquence and deep insight, the Durants capture the essence of an era marked by intellectual ferment, conversation, and the pursuit of knowledge. They skillfully weave together diverse historical threads to provide a nuanced and engaging narrative that sheds light on the profound legacy of Voltaire's ideas.

In "The Story of Civilization: The Age of Voltaire," Will and Ariel Durant invite readers to uncover the intellectual revolution that unfolded during this fascinating period and discover the lasting legacy of one of history's most influential thinkers. This book serves as a testament to the enduring significance of Voltaire's ideas and the enduring power of intellectual courage and principled dissent.
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