Treatise on Tolerance

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The Treatise on Tolerance is a work by French philosopher Voltaire published in 1763.

In the Treatise on Tolerance Voltaire calls for tolerance between religions, and targets religious fanaticism (especially that of the Jesuits: as a child, Voltaire was a brilliant student educated by Jesuits) and has an indictment against superstitions surrounding religions.


Voltaire's work follows the trial of Jean Calas, a Protestant accused of murdering his son to prevent his conversion to Catholicism and executed on 10 March 1762.

Publication and reception[edit]

Voltaire drafted the book early in 1763 and it was printed by Cramer in Geneva in April 1763. After copies had been distributed to selected recipients, it began to be distributed late in 1763 and was quickly banned.[1][2]


  1. ^ Davidson, Ian (2010). Voltaire: A Life. Profile. p. 328. ISBN 1846682266. 
  2. ^ Harvey, Simon (2000). Voltaire: Treatise on Tolerance (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy). Cambridge University Press. p. xiii. ISBN 0521649692. 

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