Philosopher's Cafe: ): “Cultivate our Garden”: Contemporizing Candide

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
St. Brendan’s Inn
Event Type
Lecture/Discussion
Contact
Tessa Pellmann
Department
Green Bay Area Philosopher's Cafe
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http://calendar.uwgb.edu/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=80181

Voltaire ends his brief, satirical novel Candide with the title character retreating from the world to “cultivate [his] garden,” which one recent book reviewer considered not just a literal garden, but “the better place we build by love.” In present-day America, what kinds of cultivation would fulfil Voltaire’s injunction, and was he right? No previous knowledge of Candide necessary—we’ll discuss a few extracts.


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