Philosophical Dictionary

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A masterpiece of Enlightenment-era literature, this collection of brief, incisive essays constitutes a thought-provoking analysis of eighteenth-century social and religious conventions. Voltaire intended to entertain as well as to enlighten, and his sardonic wit lends a strikingly modern feeling to these writings.
One of France's most celebrated citizens, Voltaire (1694-1778) is best known for his satirical novel Candide. His political treatises, which frequently put him at ...
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A masterpiece of Enlightenment-era literature, this collection of brief, incisive essays constitutes a thought-provoking analysis of eighteenth-century social and religious conventions. Voltaire intended to entertain as well as to enlighten, and his sardonic wit lends a strikingly modern feeling to these writings.
One of France's most celebrated citizens, Voltaire (1694-1778) is best known for his satirical novel Candide. His political treatises, which frequently put him at odds with the church and state, have exercised enormous influence on political theorists, philosophers, educators, and historians. This compilation, first published in 1764, covers a broad range of topics. Organized alphabetically, its subjects range from adultery, atheism, bankruptcy, and common sense to religion, superstition, tolerance, and virtue. 

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: 9780486472683
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 2/18/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface by Voltaire
Adultery
Advocate
Ancients and Moderns
Animals
Antiquity
Arts
Astrology
Atheism
Authority
Authors
Banishment
Bankruptcy
Beauty
Bishop
Books
Bouleverd
Bourges
Brahmins
Character
Charlatan
Civil Laws
Climate
Common Sense
Concatenation of Events
Contradictions
Corn
Cromwell
Customs
Democracy
Destiny
Devout
Ecclesiastical Ministry
Emblem
English Theatre, On the
Envy
Equality
Expiation
Extreme
Ezourveidam
Faith
False Minds
Fatherland
Final Causes
Fraud
Free-Will
French
Friendship
God
Helvetia
History
Ignorance
Impious
Joan of Arc
Kissing
Languages
Laws
Liberty
Library
Limits of the Human Mind
Local Crimes
Love
Luxury
Man
Man In the Iron Mask
Marriage
Master
Men of Letters
Metamorphosis
Milton, On the Reproach of Plagiarism Against Mohammedans
Mountain
Nakedness
Natural Law
Nature
Necessary
New Novelties
Philosopher
Power, Omnipotence
Prayers
Precis of Ancient Philosophy
Prejudices
Rare
Reason
Religion
Sect
Self-Esteem
Soul
States, Governments
Superstition
Tears
Theist
Tolerance
Truth
Tyranny
Virtue
Why?
Declaration of Admirers, Questioners and Doubters
 
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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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 21, 2012

    Unreadable OCR scan full of nonsense characters

    OCR conversion so inaccurate that text is virtually unusable.

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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

    I've never sen one beter you.

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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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