A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary

A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary Here is the only available English translation of one of the landmarks of European Enlightenment thought Voltaire s edition of A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary Highly entertaining and still hig

  • Title: A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary
  • Author: Voltaire Nicholas Cronk JohnFletcher
  • ISBN: 9780199553631
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here is the only available English translation of one of the landmarks of European Enlightenment thought, Voltaire s 1764 edition of A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary Highly entertaining and still highly relevant, the dictionary actually consists of a sequence of short essays, arranged in alphabetical order, covering everything from Apocalypse and Atheism to Tolerance aHere is the only available English translation of one of the landmarks of European Enlightenment thought, Voltaire s 1764 edition of A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary Highly entertaining and still highly relevant, the dictionary actually consists of a sequence of short essays, arranged in alphabetical order, covering everything from Apocalypse and Atheism to Tolerance and Tyranny The unifying thread of these articles is Voltaire s vitriolic critique of established religion ridicule of established dogma, attacks on superstition, and pleas for toleration Witty and ironic, this is very much a work of combat, part of Voltaire s high profile political struggle in the 1760s to defend the victims of religious and political intolerance This new translation is based on the definitive French edition of 1764 that provoked widespread controversy and condemnation In his Introduction Nicholas Cronk considers the nature of Voltaire s engagement in political debate, literary style, contemporary reaction, the lasting impact of the work and its continuing relevance to debates on religious intolerance The volume also includes an up to date bibliography and full explanatory notes.

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    1. 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.

    2. 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, literary style, which contrasts with the heavy, ponderous style of most German philosphy. Unfortunately French philosophers abandone [...]

    3. شاید از عنوان کتاب فکر کنیم با یک دایرةالمعارف حجیم مواجه هستیم ولی این کتاب یا بهتر بگویم کتابچه تنها شامل چهل وسه مقاله کوتاه از ولتر استدر خواندن آثار چنین متفکران چیزی که بیشتر باید مدنظر قرار گیرد تاثیری است که عقاید آن ها بر جامعه خویش و تحولات فکری داشته اند.ولتر از بزگ [...]

    4. Il titolo dell'opera mi ha ingannato, sebbene la colpa sia soltanto mia: filosofico mi ha fatto pensare alla logica, all'ontologia, alla gnoseologia, branche della filosofia che mi interessano in misura notevolmente maggiore rispetto alla teologia e alla filosofia della religione; tuttavia, proprio a questi due campi, insieme all'etica (malamente trattata), appartengono la maggior parte delle voci. Così, gli appassionati di religione troveranno moltissimo materiale di loro interesse, scrupolosa [...]

    5. 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 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. [...]

    6. 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 logica [...]

    7. 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 . it is, imo, a must read for anyone who reads.

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

    9. Historia de las Ideas de la Modernidad. Unidad 4. Artículos “Ateo”, “Ateísmo”, “Dios”, “Locke”, “Moral”, “Naturaleza”, “Superstición”, “Teísmo”.

    10. 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 throughout the various essays.Not quite as illuminative as it was during the enlightenment, there are numerous essays that stood the test of time. Namely the essays: False Minds, Free-will, [...]

    11. The issues explored in this book are still relevant today. I found myself agreeing with a lot of his views, especially those on Tolerance and Beauty. His definition of beauty, of its relativism, is often repeated today: “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This is of course true, but often forgotten in today’s Hollywood-obsessed world. We are barraged by images of stick-thin models and actresses and told that this is the standard of beauty. The truth is, there is no standard of beauty. [...]

    12. 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 the religious and calls for finding answers in the marvels of science and the higher and deeper reaches of literature and for honestly accepting the fact of our ignorance as vital steps toward our acqui [...]

    13. Ok so it isn't really a novel, so it's hard to really mean "loved it", because who loves an encyclopedia, right? Wrong! It's a brilliant critical analysis of life during the French Enlightenment - notable entries being "Christianity", "Atheism", "Love", so many more! Do yourself a favor, get it, and then read it over a period of time. It's definitely not something I could read all in one sitting, but maybe a few entries per day. Voltaire's wit and sarcasm really cannot be beat, particularly in t [...]

    14. One of the most entertaining books I've ever read -- and essential to anyone who wants to live a reasonable life. Voltaire isn't always perfect: his analyses of Biblical figures are half brilliant and half slanderous; but if you want a man committed to the end of all superstition, and the pursuit of human brotherhood and tolerance, Voltaire is your man. Sarcastic, poetic, powerful.

    15. the entries in this dictionary were very enlightening and I have to say I had to revise a number of incorrect beliefs which I had,besides it was a very cleverly constructed book and I can understand why it must have been a revolutionary read for its timeMerci Voltaire!

    16. This might be my favorite philosophical work ever. Voltaire has the rare gift of being accessible, funny, and deep all at once. I have a audiobook version that I've listened to repeatedly. Great stuff.

    17. Peut-etre suffise cette: " La Foi consiste à croire, non ce qui semble vrai, mais ce qui semble faux à notre entendement."

    18. Endlessly re-readable and still distinctly relevant, with all the wit and irony one could hope for. Essential

    19. Out with old, in with the new. The clashing of ages. This book could have been written yesterday.

    20. This book helped to direct and define my career as scholar, historian, teacher, techie, and modern pagan.

    21. One of the best satirical works I have ever read. This is Voltaire's other work not so much known as Candide that uses a dictionary format to poke ridicule at the sensational and superstitious beliefs prevalent in his time particularly with the Church. He rightly writes in the preface that this book is not for the common people who don't read to begin with - 'they work 6 days each week and on the 7th go drinking'!My most favorite entry is "Dieu" where he utilizes the tactic of dialogue between a [...]

    22. Reading Voltaire's "combative" rise against religion, dogma and superstition is unusual in that, at times, it is hard to tell whether he is being satirical or serious. That he was an historian is obvious. That he was well-travelled even more so. What strikes me is his knowledge of the world, put to good use in Candide, and taken to another level in the Dictionary. The notes and appendix are helpful to place Voltaire in historical context. An interesting quote from the article "Toleration" resona [...]

    23. A collection of short essays organized as a dictionary. An easy read, often using dialogs as between an imagined Roman diplomat and a Chinese emperor, it simply is pleasant reading.The content is what you'd expect: politics, religion, culture, ethics. The tone throughout is typical enlightenment. If you have read a few of the books from the era you will not be surprised by much in this one.

    24. "Bilindiği gibi her tarikat bir yanılgı adıdır; geometriciler, cebirciler, matematikçiler tarikatı diye bir tarikat yoktur, çünkü bütün geometri, cebir, matematik önermeleri doğrudur. Öteki bilimlerin hepsinde insan yanılabilir."

    25. 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. [Caractère] 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 w [...]

    26. MohammedansI TELL you again, ignorant imbeciles, whom other ignoramuses have made believe that the Mohammedan religion is voluptuous and sensual, there is not a word of truth in it; you have been deceived on this point as on so many others.Canons, monks, vicars even, if a law were imposed on you not to eat or drink from four in the morning till ten at night, during the month of July, when Lent came at this period; if you were forbidden to play at any game of chance under pain of damnation; if wi [...]

    27. One of the must reads by Voltaire, and even more interestingly, his second-most popular book in 18th century America, right during the decade we adopted freedom of beliefs. I have little to add to some of the rave reviews herein on this book except that the anti-antisemitism suspicions it sometimes raises are unfounded. Voltaire was anti-biblical, not antisemitic, and anyone who suspects otherwise should really add to his or her reading of this book Voltaire's "Treatise on Tolerance", written th [...]

    28. il nome del libro può trarre in inganno. Chi cerca un dizionario contenente le voci dell'entologia, esistenzialismo, etc, insomma tutte le voci e i rami della filosofia, rimarrà deluso. Questo libro rachiude tutte voci sulle questioni di vita: religione, amore, sesso, amicizia etc in cui Voltaire, massimo esponente dell'illuminismo da una spiegazione razionale basandosi anche su molti cenni storici. E' evidente l'influenza di Voltaire che darà negli anni seguenti a Nietzsche ma il filosofo fr [...]

    29. Diderot and Voltaire are my two favourite Enlightenment philosophers. What I like particularly about Voltaire is his mischievous sense of humour. Much has been written about his wit and his irony so its a pity that the central place humour occupied within the Enlightenment is so rarely appreciated. I guess for every Voltaire, playful, irreverent there's two or three Bentham's, serious, matter of fact, dryly rational. I do enjoy the thought that The Enlightenment could of been philosophy's greate [...]

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