Voltaire | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by William Doyle

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of Voltaire.
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Critical Essay by William Doyle

SOURCE: Doyle, William. “Voltaire and Venality: The Ambiguities of Abuse.” In The Secular City: Studies in the Enlightenment Presented to Haydn Mason, edited by T. D. Hemming, E. Freeman, and D. Meakin, pp. 102-11. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1994.

In this essay, Doyle considers the context and influence of Voltaire's writings on veniality, or the sale of royal offices. Doyle also traces Voltaire's political alignments and his use of the veniality debate to attack Richelieu and Montesquieu.

‘Il faut en France,’ wrote La Bruyère in 1688, ‘beaucoup de fermeté et une grande étendue d'esprit pour se passer des charges et des emplois, et consentir ainsi à demeurer chez soi et à ne rien faire.’ Yet the leisure of the sage, he reflected...

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