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Philosophical Dictionary Voltaire S Philosophical Dictionary Is A Series Of Short Essays, Hortatory And Propagandist, Over An Enormously Wide Range Of SubjectsIt Was Deliberately Planned As A Revolutionary Book And Was Duly Denounced On All Sides And Described As A Deplorable Monument Of The Extent To Which Inteligence And Erudition Can Be Abused The Subjects Treated Include Abraham, Angel And Anthropophages Baptism, Beauty And Beasts Fables, Fraud And Fanaticism Metempsychosis, Miracles And Moses All Of Them Exposed To Voltaire S Lucid Scrutiny, His Elegant Irony And His Passionate Love Of Reason And Justice


About the Author: Voltaire

Complete works 1880 1694, Age of Enlightenment leader Francois Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, was born in Paris Jesuit educated, he began writing clever verses by the age of 12 He launched a lifelong, successful playwriting career in 1718, interrupted by imprisonment in the Bastille Upon a second imprisonment, in which Francois adopted the pen name Voltaire, he was released after agreeing to move to London There he wrote Lettres philosophiques 1733 , which galvanized French reform The book also satirized the religious teachings of Rene Descartes and Blaise Pascal, including Pascal s famed wager on God Voltaire wrote The interest I have in believing a thing is not a proof of the existence of that thing Voltaire s French publisher was sent to the Bastille and Voltaire had to escape from Paris again, as judges sentenced the book to be torn and burned in the Palace Voltaire spent a calm 16 years with his deistic mistress, Madame du Chatelet, in Lorraine He met the 27 year old married mother when he was 39 In his memoirs, he wrote I found, in 1733, a young woman who thought as I did, and decided to spend several years in the country, cultivating her mind He dedicated Traite de metaphysique to her In it the Deist candidly rejected immortality and questioned belief in God It was not published until the 1780s Voltaire continued writing amusing but meaty philosophical plays and histories After the earthquake that leveled Lisbon in 1755, in which 15,000 people perished and another 15,000 were wounded, Voltaire wrote Po me sur le d sastre de Lisbonne Poem on the Lisbon Disaster But how conceive a God supremely good Who heaps his favours on the sons he loves, Yet scatters evil with as large a hand Voltaire purchased a chateau in Geneva, where, among other works, he wrote Candide 1759 To avoid Calvinist persecution, Voltaire moved across the border to Ferney, where the wealthy writer lived for 18 years until his death Voltaire began to openly challenge Christianity, calling it the infamous thing He wrote Frederick the Great Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd, and bloody religion that has ever infected the world Voltaire ended every letter to friends with Ecrasez l infame crush the infamy the Christian religion His pamphlet, The Sermon on the Fifty 1762 went after transubstantiation, miracles, biblical contradictions, the Jewish religion, and the Christian God Voltaire wrote that a true god surely cannot have been born of a girl, nor died on the gibbet, nor be eaten in a piece of dough, or inspired books, filled with contradictions, madness, and horror He also published excerpts of Testament of the Abbe Meslier, by an atheist priest, in Holland, which advanced the Enlightenment Voltaire s Philosophical Dictionary was published in 1764 without his name Although the first edition immediately sold out, Geneva officials, followed by Dutch and Parisian, had the books burned It was published in 1769 as two large volumes Voltaire campaigned fiercely against civil atrocities in the name of religion, writing pamphlets and commentaries about the barbaric execution of a Huguenot trader, who was first broken at the wheel, then burned at the stake, in 1762 Voltaire s campaign for justice and restitution ended with a posthumous retrial in 1765, during which 40 Parisian judges declared the defendant innocent Voltaire urgently tried to save the life of Chevalier de la Barre, a 19 year old sentenced to death for blasphemy for failing to remove his hat during a religious procession In 1766, Chevalier was beheaded after being tortured, then his body was burned, along with a copy of Voltaire s Philosophical Dictionary Voltaire s statue at the Pantheon was melted down during Nazi occupation D 1778.Voltaire 1694 1778 , pseud nimo de Fran ois



10 thoughts on “Philosophical Dictionary

  1. says:

    Introduction Philosophical Dictionary Chronology


  2. says:

    Aptly described as a deplorable monument of the extent to which inteligence and erudition can be abused The circumcised selection of topics illustrate how truly limited Voltaire s supposed erudition was Pick up only if you want to while away empty hours in trains, plotting de


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    There is the history of opinions, which is hardly anything but a collection of human errors. I turned to this book, partly, as an antidote to Henry James s prose Where James is convoluted, orotund, and ambiguous, Voltaire is quick, sprightly, and specific His prose rolls along in


  4. says:

    Wonderful This book exemplifies everything positive about the enlightenment Voltaire is clear, crisp, witty and learned He was a formidable enemy of the establishment, wielding his immense reading, logic and irony like a scalpel, cutting through the obfuscation and bullshit of the aristo


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    This book and Voltaire himself are a delicate balance of some of the most dangerous traits Let me start with this book there are some sparkles of extremely daring and destructive philosophical statements in this book e.g Caract re and Guerre , but it s merged within an ocean of prejudices, sup


  6. says:

    A great book from the period of enlightenment by a great philosopher who employed the method of critical inquiry to expose the implausibility of widely held religious doctrines, thus, destroying the illusion that we already comprehend the world perfectly.He rejects the absurd and wicked claims of th


  7. says:

    An irreverent look at 18th century intellectualism by one of the masters of satire Apologetic theology never had it so rough.


  8. says:

    Originally published as a response to Diderot s, Encyclopedia, it became a book with its own merits in later editions which is the one that we are familiar with today Wholly advocating for religious toleration, as the theme in France was the persecution of Protestants and Calvinists, one will find this theme th


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    He asks great questions insightful and preternatural for his time A complement to Candide on a larger scale of philosophy, but troubling in its contradictions that I am surprised he himself did not catch Voltaire clearly presents himself as a devoutly religious individual with immense respect for God He presents now


  10. says:

    hard to write a better review than the ones read in here, but i guess i ll just mention that i had to recommend it to all my friends here in goodreads it is, imo, a must read for anyone who reads.


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