Ira O. Wade (essay date 1941)
SOURCE: Wade, Ira O. “The Intellectual Atmosphere at Cirey.” In Voltaire and Madame du Châtelet: An Essay on the Intellectual Activity at Cirey, pp. 13-47. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1941.
[In this excerpt, Wade discusses du Châtelet's influence on Voltaire's work in physics and metaphysics, particularly his Traité de métaphysique.]
[In] the years 1733-49, the intellectual atmosphere at Cirey was compounded of a strong English influence (Addison, Pope, Swift, Mandeville, Locke, Newton, Shakespeare, Collins, Clarke, Woolston, and Middleton), a continuous traditional influence (Bayle, Fontenelle, La Fare, Chaulieu, Boulainvilliers, Fréret, Mirabaud,...
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