BACK TO FRANCE - BACKTOFRANCE:VOLTAIREANDCOMPTE

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BACK TO FRANCE: VOLTAIRE AND COMPTE VOLTAIRE (1694-1778) Born in Paris to a well-to-do Bourgeois family. His satirical  writings resulted in several banishments from Paris, brief exile in Holland, and 11  months imprisonment in the Bastille. Was the dominant playwright in France for 50  years.  1. "Condemned the oppressive religious unity in France, the wealth and power of the  clergy, the despotism of the king, and the privileges of the nobility; he recommended  equal status for merchant and noble, fair distribution of taxes, and free cultivation on the  2. Influenced by Newton and Locke, was wary of theories and hypotheses unsupported  by observation and experiment. Sought to find self-knowledge through meditative  introspection.  3. Argued against both disgust with "sinful" life and the idea that the world is a land of  bliss. Declared, "To think that earth, man, and animals are what they are created to be, is  the opinion of the sage." Was strongly skeptical about the existence of a "soul." 
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