Voltaire wrote a great deal on the subject of physics in which he demonstrated considerable knowledg

Voltaire wrote a great deal on the subject of physics in which he demonstrated considerable knowledg

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Voltaire wrote a great deal on the subject of physics in which he demonstrated considerable  knowledge, but it is to the philosophical works that we now turn, to two in particular: the  Dictionnaire  philosophique,  which is largely made up of material that he had prepared for the  Encyclopédie,  of  which Diderot may be considered the guiding spirit; and the ambitious  Traité de Metaphysique.  The  first is a prime source for Voltaire's religious and political views; the second, which did not really  succeed, merely proves that Voltaire, however intellectual he may have been, was not a philosopher  in the sense that Locke or Leibnitz was. Still another division is that of critical and miscellaneous writing. In pamphlet after pamphlet, he  demonstrated superior ability as a journalist. The ones in defence of Calais and others are prime  examples. The best of his several critical works is his 
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