Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Baron d'Holbach's 'Système de la nature'

D'Holbach Lecture

2020 will mark the 250th anniversary of the publication of one of the most important texts of the French Enlightenment: Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach’s Système de la nature. This text articulates a thoroughgoing atheistic, materialistic, and deterministic philosophy and argues that belief in God and revealed religion was the cause of unnecessary human suffering and the great barrier to alleviating the ills of the human condition. D’Holbach’s book immediately caused a sensation across Europe, with dozens of refutations published within a few months, and it saw a surge in popularity in the years leading to the French Revolution.

To celebrate this anniversary, the Voltaire Foundation is hosting an interview with Professor Emeritus Alan Charles Kors, one of the most acclaimed intellectual historians of the eighteenth century and the author of many well-known publications on Baron d’Holbach and early modern atheism and Epicureanism.

The interview will be conducted by Dr Ruggero Sciuto and Dr Laura Nicolì and will be livestreamed on Zoom on Thursday, 5 November 2020, from 5pm to 6.15pm. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers following the interview, so please do join in the discussion. We hope you will come and explore this foundational text with us.


The event will be held online as a Zoom webinar. The event is free but registration is required.

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