Philosophical Dictionary by Francois Voltaire

Philosophical Dictionary

byFrancois VoltaireTranslated byTheodore BestermanIntroduction byTheodore Besterman

Paperback | March 6, 1984

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Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary, first published in 1764, is a series of short, radical essays - alphabetically arranged - that form a brilliant and bitter analysis of the social and religious conventions that then dominated eighteenth-century French thought. One of the masterpieces of the Enlightenment, this enormously influential work of sardonic wit - more a collection of essays arranged alphabetically, than a conventional dictionary - considers such diverse subjects as Abraham and Atheism, Faith and Freedom of Thought, Miracles and Moses. Repeatedly condemned by civil and religious authorities, Voltaire's work argues passionately for the cause of reason and justice, and criticizes Christian theology and contemporary attitudes towards war and society - and claims, as he regards the world around him: 'common sense is not so common'.

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Voltaire (1694 - 1778) became known in Paris for his satires and odes, and his frist tragedy Oedipe was performed with great success. He was imprisoned in the Bastille twice in his life and after the second time spent time in England (1726 - 29). He returned to France, but his political opinions meant he was never really safe there a...
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Title:Philosophical DictionaryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.9 × 5.1 × 1 inPublished:March 6, 1984Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014044257x

ISBN - 13:9780140442571

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Exposing his lucid scrutiny, elegant irony and passionate love of reason and justice, Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary is a series of short essays on a wide range of subjects. Addressing Abraham Angel and Anthropophages; baptism, beauty and beasts; fables, fraud, fanaticism and metempsychosis, miracles and Moses, Voltaire uses his great culmination of beliefs to sharply attack the political institutions of his time. In a series of articles on religion, humanism and ethics, Voltaire’s brilliant and witty prose is at once humourous, satirical, cynical and honest.