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  • Voltaire and the Battle for Religious Tolerance

    François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), better known by his nom de plume Voltare, was one of the intellectual driving forces that lead to the French Revolution (1789-1799). A writer, historian and philosopher of the French Enlightenment, he is famous for his attacks on the established Catholic Church and...
  • A Testament to the Variety of Cultures and a Carnival of Playful, Clever Irony

    "At long last! I can't believe my eyes - and in more than one way! I've stopped hoping a long time ago that I would once hold in my hand an artistic artifact which works for me on all major fronts. One with a powerful structure and crazy content that is both art and pop without being either art or p...
  • Let the Children Play!

    Erika Christakis, The Importance of Being Little. New York: Viking, 2016. 400 pages.
  • The Fate of Russophobia

    The recent death of the famous Russian mathematician, writer and dissident, Igor Shafarevich, served as an occasion to remember his influential book, Russophobia (samizdat in 1982, officially published in 1989). In this essay, Russian poet and columnist, Igor Karaulov, uses the commemoration of Shafarevich to talk about contemporary russophobia.
  • The Ultimate Remedy

    Slobodan Despot. Le Miel. Paris: Gallimard, 2014. 128 pages.
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Voltaire and the Battle for Religious Tolerance
François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), better known by his nom de plume Voltare, was one of the intellectual driving forces that lead to the French Revolution (1789-1799). A writer, historian and philosopher of the French Enlightenment, he is famous for his attacks on the established Catholic Church and...
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