Treatise on Toleration

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Publisher's Synopsis

Voltaire's Treatise on Toleration is one of the most important essays on religious tolerance and freedom of thought

A powerful, impassioned case for the values of freedom of conscience and religious tolerance, Treatise on Toleration was written after the Toulouse merchant Jean Calas was falsely accused of murdering his son and executed on the wheel in 1762. As it became clear that Calas had been persecuted by 'an irrational mob' for being a Protestant, the Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire began a campaign to vindicate him and his family. The resulting work, a screed against fanaticism and a plea for understanding, is as fresh and urgent today as when it was written.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241236628
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 194
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xxviii, 164
Weight: 160g
Height: 198mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 13mm