Voltaire Ó 9 Free readEr into thinking that they are of the same type with Voltaire and then swallow those most subversive suggestions with near sighted and sometimes straight up stupid witty irony 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 Introduction Philosophical Dictionary Chronology 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 aristocracy "and church Nietzsche admired him and he shares his lively sprightly "church Nietzsche admired him and he shares his lively sprightly style which contrasts with the heavy ponderous style of most German philosphy Unfortunately French philosophers abandoned Voltaire as a stylistic influence for Heidegger abandoning what it was Nietzsche admired about French style in the process An irreverent look at 18th century intellectualism by one of the masters of satire Apologetic theology never had it so rough As much as I love Candide and as clever and funny and still relevant as Voltaire often is in this series of rants something annoys me about it beyond just the ridiculous antisemitism Someone said that Voltaire would have been a very prolific blogger today and this certainly reads like that unfortunately I can t shake the feeling that Voltaire would have been the sort of smugly self obsessed blogger who thinks everyone else is completely irrational while his prejudices are perfectly logical hurls insults and demands civilized discussion and misuotes Voltaire whenever anyone disagrees with him. Analogies nous invite au relativisme fondement de l'esprit de tolérance dont il aura été l'apôtre le plus convaincu D'une lecture amusante autant u'instructive ce dictionnaire où souffle à chaue page l'esprit des Lumières nous éveille à la Raison par alphabet pour reprendre le titre élouent donné à l'ouvrage dans son édition de 1769 Paul Kle. Swers in the marvels of science
*The Higher And Deeper Reaches *higher and deeper reaches literature and for honestly accepting the of our ignorance as vital steps toward our acuisition of genuine nowledge in our uest to discover the universal definitions of the ey concepts governing human life He asks great uestions 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 defunct arguments per evolution and natural selection about the existence of God as fact based on the beauty of the universe and faculties of man to behave in his environment The issue is how he can reconcile this belief in tune with his eually pertinent uestions of why evil maladies disease famine et al exist in this world with his staunch belief that his God should not allow this if we do live in the best of all possible worlds 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 definitive revolutions This book and Voltaire himself are a delicate balance of "while away empty hours in trains plotting definitive revolutions This book and Voltaire himself are a delicate balance of 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 eg Caract re and Guerre but it s merged within an ocean of prejudices superstitions and double standards which Voltaire wouldn t acknowledge since he s so enlightened and personal resentments This combination of contents is the most dangerous of all since it would lure whatever read. Taire se livre à un jeu de piste à l'attention d'un lecteur averti incité à concevoir ce dictionnaire comme un véritable rébus Ainsi à l'article Idolâtrie Voltaire ose comparer les Grecs possédant la statue d'Heraclès aux chrétiens ui ont celle de saint Christophe ou encore rapprocher nos cultes des coutumes dites barbares Voltaire à force d'. 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 ANDJames is convoluted orotund and Voltaire is uick sprightly and specific His prose rolls along in a series of witty epigrams that makes for easy reading no matter the content No wonder he became so famousThis book is a ind of personal Encyclop die a series of essays on various topics arranged alphabetically Unlike Diderot s project however this work is not meant to inform or instruct it is a work of propaganda Voltaire takes every opportunity to argue for his customary opinions which I doubt will resonate with most contemporary readers An enemy of religion Voltaire is nevertheless convinced that a belief in God is necessary An enemy of tyranny Voltaire was also very skeptical "about the prospects of democracy a man of "the prospects of democracy A man of rather than a philosopher Voltaire s arguments are rather weak and shallow A master of satire he is far effective at making fun at the absurdities of human life than he is in offering anything to replace them What compels then is a wit of historical proportions fired by righteous indignation and a sparkling intelligence Personally I find it to be refreshing even if I do not get any concrete ideas or information from the book Voltaire was a force rather than a thinker and one enjoys the man present in his writings than anything that can be abstracted away That is uite enough for me A great book from the period of enlightenment by a great philosopher who employed the method of critical inuiry to expose the implausibility of widely held religious doctrines thus destroying the illusion that we already comprehend the world perfectlyHe rejects the absurd and wicked claims of the religious and calls for finding an. Voltaire avec son esprit acerbe et sa plume subtile a trouvé dans la forme du dictionnaire une voie royale d'expression ui lui permis d'échapper à la censure de son temps Utilisant le jeu des renvois entre les définitions pour tromper la vigilance des autorités et insérant ses analyses les plus iconoclastes dans la définition de termes anodins Vol. .