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Voltaire/Höffe: [Voltaire] (...) is the most representative example of the French Enlightenment. Less an original thinker than a brilliant writer, he takes the right to judge biased as an advocate for justice and compassion.
VoltaireVsRousseau: Against Rousseau, he even writes "that a godless novelist is only mildly punishable, but an insurgent scoundrel deserves the death penalty".
Through rhetoric and wit, Voltaire creates an influential political public for the aforementioned guiding concepts of the Enlightenment, for reason, freedom and tolerance, as well as for criticism of the arrogant authority of king, bureaucracy and church (...)._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
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