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World History Voltaire
Updated: 9/11/2020
World History Voltaire
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  • Voltaire was born in Paris, France; November 21st 1694.
  • When he grew up, he went to the school of Lycée Louis-le-Grand.
  • Voltaire was born on November 21st in 1694 in Paris, France. His mother, Marie Marguerite d'Aumart passed away when he was 7 years old. Voltaire was the youngest of five children
  • Stop fighting!
  • You stole from me !
  • I did no such thing!
  • When Voltaire grew up, he went to school and graduated. He had dreams of being a writer, even though his father disapproved of it. His father tried to force him into a legal career, so Voltaire changed his name. His name was François-Marie Aroue, but he dropped it and adopted the name Voltaire upon completing his first play. The rationalism Voltaire felt encouraged him to fulfill his dreams even if his father didn't approve.
  • I believe social progress could be achieved through reason and that no authority—religious or political or otherwise—should be immune to challenge by reason
  • Voltaire wrote over thirty-five books and eighteen plays. Some of his books and plays helped fuel the Enlightenment. He came up with Enlightened Absolutism, the conduct and policies of European absolute monarchs during the 18th and 19th centuries who were influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment, espousing them to enhance their power.
  • Voltaire became known for his plays and his books. Voltaire published a book called Elements of the Philosophy of Newton in 1738, years before Newton had come up with the Universal Law of Gravitation about the forces of attraction between two masses.
  • Voltaire had spoken out about Enlightened Absolutism during the Enlightenment. The Social Contract written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau in 1762. and Laissez Faire start between the year 1756 and 1778; Both parts of the Enlightenment. The social Contract was about how society was brought into being and invested with the right to secure mutual protection and welfare.
  • Interesting!
  • Voltaire died on May 30th, 1778. He was never married, had no children, but did have a sixteen year affair with the author and scientist Émilie du Châtelet and later had a committed, but secretive partner ship with his niece. "If you want to know who controls You, look at who you are not allowed to criticize" is a famous quote by Voltaire that I think a lot of people can relate too.
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