The French Connection

John W. Yolton


Published in print January 1991 | ISBN: 9780198242741
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680557 | DOI:
The French Connection

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This chapter explores Voltaire's role, in his private correspondence as well as in Letter XIII, in the dissemination in France of Locke's suggestion. The Letter XIII opens with warm praise for Locke as a judicious and methodical genius, characterizing him also as an acute logician. There then follow a number of paragraphs summarizing the accounts of the nature of the soul given by such writers as Anaxagoras, Diogenes, Epicurus, Plato, Aristotle, the Church Fathers, Descartes, and Malebranche.

Keywords: Locke; Voltaire; Letter XIII

Chapter.  10201 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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