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A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary (Paperback)

Voltaire; Translated by John Fletcher; Introduction by Nicholas Cronk; Notes by Nicholas Cronk

Series: Oxford World's Classics

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'What can you say to a man who tells you he prefers obeying God rather than men, and that as a result he's certain he'll go to heaven if he cuts your throat?' Voltaire's Pocket Philosophical Dictionary, first published in 1764, is a major work of the European Enlightenment. It is also a highly entertaining book: this is no 'dictionary' in the ordinary sense, nor does it treat 'philosophy' in the modern meaning of the term. It consists of a sequence of short essays or articles, arranged in alphabetical order, and covering everything from Apocalypse and Atheism to Tolerance and Tyranny. The unifying thread of these articles is Voltaire's 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 text, and reprints the edition that provoked widespread controversy and condemnation. In his Introduction Nicholas Cronk considers the work's continuing relevance to modern debates about religious intolerance and its consequences. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


Imprint: Oxford UniversityPress
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Oxford World's Classics
Release date: August 2011
First published: September 2011
Authors: Voltaire
Translators: John Fletcher
Introduction by: Nicholas Cronk
Notes by: Nicholas Cronk
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 16mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 283
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-955363-1
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > General
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > General > Comparative religion
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present > Western philosophy, c 1600 to c 1800
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present > Western philosophy, c 1600 to c 1800
Books > Religion & Spirituality > General > Comparative religion
LSN: 0-19-955363-7
Barcode: 9780199553631

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