Although Voltaire lacked the practical breadth of some of his contemporaries

Although Voltaire lacked the practical breadth of some of his contemporaries

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Although Voltaire lacked the practical breadth of some of his contemporaries—he did  not dabble in multiple scientific fields—he made up for it with the volume of his work.  Using his brilliant, sarcastic wit to analyze everything from philosophy to politics to law,  he extolled the virtue of reason over superstition and intolerance and effectively became  the voice of the Enlightenment. Moreover, his satirical style enabled him to make  incredibly pointed criticisms while generally avoiding serious prosecution by those he  attacked. Although detractors complain that Voltaire never offered any solutions to the  problems he criticized, he never aspired to do so. Nonetheless, by merely pointing out  problems and criticizing different philosophies, he caused considerable change. The third major figure of the French Enlightenment was 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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