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A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6


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. . .rmits thousands of years to roll away without their acquiring any other knowledge or talents than what are required for food, clothing, shelter, and mutual destruction. Let the truth of these remarks be judged of from the state of the Germans and the English in the time of Cæsar, from that of the Tartars at the present day, from that of two-thirds of Africa, and from that of all the various nations found in the vast continent of America, excepting, in some respects, the kingdoms of Peru and Mexico, and the republic of Tlascala. Let it be recollected that in the whole of the new world not a single individual could write or read.

The second monument is the central eclipse of the sun, calculated in China two thousand one hundred and fifty-five years before our vulgar era, and admitted by all our astronomers to have actually occurred. We must apply the same remark to the Chinese as to, the people of Babylon. They had undoubtedly, long before this period, constituted. . . Read More

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Spassoso, brillante, accattivante, polemico e... superficiale.

لا يستلزم هذا الكتاب قراءة متصلة. و لكن من أي موضع يفتحه القارىء سيجد فيه مادة جديرة بالتأمل. إن أكثر الكتب فائدة هي تلك الكتب التي يؤلف القراء أنفسهم نصفها. فهم يتوسعون في الأفكار التي تُقدم بذرتها إليهم. و يصوبون ما يبدو خاطئا. و يعززون بتأملاتهم ما يبدو لهم ضعيفا.
حقا. لا يمكن لهذا الكتاب أن يقرأ

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, and ambiguous, Voltaire is quick, sprightly, and specific. His prose rolls along in a series of wi

يحتوى الكتاب على خلاصات آراء وتأملات ڤولتيرية واضحة فى موضوعات مختلفة كالدين والزواج و التنجيم والفلسفات المختلفة والخصال الانسانية كالحسد والغرور وحب الترف والشخصيات التاريخية ككرومويل وجان دارك والعديد من الموضوعات المختلفةالثائرة فى عصره وفى كل عصر ولكن طبيعة هذه الافكار تختلف فى عصره التنويرى عن

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"كيف أمَكن لإنسان أن يُصبح سيد إنسان آخر؟ بأي نوع مِن السِّحر المُبَهم استطاع أن يُصبح سيد أناس آخرين كثيرين؟
يجب أن نتفق على أن كل الناس قد ولدوا متساوين وأن العنف والمهارة قد صنَعا الأسياد الأولين، وتكفَّلت القوانين
بصنع الآخِرين".

“أعظم بَلِيَّة يُبتلى بها الأديب، هي غيرة أقرا

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

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

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 است

در 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 بزگترین متفکران قرن 18 فرن

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