Philosophical Dictionary

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Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary is a series of short essays, hortatory and propagandist, over an enormously wide range of subjects.

It 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 ...

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Overview

Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary is a series of short essays, hortatory and propagandist, over an enormously wide range of subjects.

It 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.

Voltaire's irony, keeness and passionate love of reason and justice are fully evident in this deliberately revolutionary series of essays.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140442571
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1984
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 348,950
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.83 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

François-Marie Arouet, writing under the pseudonym Voltaire, was born in 1694 into a Parisian bourgeois family. Educated by Jesuits, he was an excellent pupil but one quickly enraged by dogma. An early rift with his father—who wished him to study law—led to his choice of letters as a career. Insinuating himself into court circles, he became notorious for lampoons on leading notables and was twice imprisoned in the Bastille.

By his mid-thirties his literary activities precipitated a four-year exile in England where he won the praise of Swift and Pope for his political tracts. His publication, three years later in France, of Lettres philosophiques sur les Anglais (1733)—an attack on French Church and State—forced him to flee again. For twenty years Voltaire lived chiefly away from Paris. In this, his most prolific period, he wrote such satirical tales as “Zadig” (1747) and “Candide” (1759). His old age at Ferney, outside Geneva, was made bright by his adopted daughter, “Belle et Bonne,” and marked by his intercessions in behalf of victims of political injustice. Sharp-witted and lean in his white wig, impatient with all appropriate rituals, he died in Paris in 1778—the foremost French author of his day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Unreadable OCR scan full of nonsense characters

    OCR conversion so inaccurate that text is virtually unusable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Brilliant

    Voltaire had an understanding which others could barely comprehend. His thoughts and ideas spectacular, I'd reccomend this to anyone who is very open to new ideas.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    Still mostly relevent today

    Some may say this is outdated and can only be read for historical context, that voltaire's fight has been won, but this is not true. This book not only debunks the myths of religions and the corruption of the church but speaks on liberty and injustices as well as more frivolous subjects like love and history. no matter who you are, voltaire never goes out of style.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    voltair is a must for anyone interested in history and philosophy

    time of delivery, packaging, and condition perfect. i am already half way through and will read again. any voltair is good voltair and this is the best as it is also a compilation of other philosophers of the time. the 18th century was the century of enlightenment and the philosophical dictionary is the best example of thought in the salons of paris populated by the who's who of philosophers of the era. pay close attention to the witticisms used to fool the censers of paris influenced by the catholic church. this book could still get you burned at the stake which makes it all the more a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    Amazing!

    An example of incites that we could ll benefit from. Well translated into modern English.

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    Cool

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    Posted November 8, 2012

    ordered online arrived smeared in ink, not pleased! probably won

    ordered online arrived smeared in ink, not pleased! probably wont order anything from b&n again.

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