Voltaire on Liberty

Journal des Economistes Et des Etudes Humaines 28 (1):59-90 (2022)
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Abstract

This article sets forth Voltaire’s philosophy of liberty. Contrary to generally accepted readings, which take Voltaire at face value rather than considering the environment in which he wrote, Voltaire had a clear normative political thought. He was an early proponent of rule of law, ordered liberty, freedom of conscience and expression, and the right to prudent rebellion against tyranny. At the root of his political theory lay a rejection of slavery, and hence of all forms of subjugation.

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David Wootton
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'Despotism' and 'Tyranny' Unmasking a Tenacious Confusion.Mario Turchetti - 2008 - European Journal of Political Theory 7 (2):159-182.

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