Fernando Savater

born 1947 in San Sebastián, author, translator and Professor for Philosophy at Universidad Complutense Madrid. Savater is one of Spain’s leading contemporary writers and a columnist for El Pais. His most recent book is Voltaire contra los fanáticos (Ariel, 2015).

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Voltaire against the fanatics

The first modern intellectual

It was Voltaire’s objective to make each individual conscious of their intellectual independence, writes Fernando Savater. Indeed, without Voltaire, it would be impossible to conceive of either modern intellectuals or their enlightened audiences.

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