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It was even made into a delightful musical by Leonard Bernstein. However, it does not represent Voltaire at his most influential. Philosophical optimism is pretty much dead and has to be explained to students today so that they can grasp the point of his satire.
In a very long life of tireless intellectual campaigning he was the most widely-read of the Enlightenment spokesmen known as philosophes. The agenda of the Enlightenment is a familiar one to anyone studying classic American values: It is crucial to understand that at his time, organized religion in France and elsewhere ranged itself on the opposite side of every one of these issues, censoring the press and speech, opposing religious toleration, supporting the doctrine of the divine right of kings to rule and often endorsing slavery as well.
Voltaire railed against the Catholic Church not because he was a wicked man who wanted freedom to sin, but because he viewed it as a fountainhead and bulwark of evil. He felt that no change of the kind he wanted was possible without undermining the power of the Church; that is why he devoted so much of his attention to ridiculing and discrediting it.
Unlike his arch-rival philosopheJean-Jacques Rousseauhe was not a democrat. A comparison of the two. Despite the stereotype of the Enlightenment as a movement of facile optimism, Voltaire was deeply pessimistic about the human nature.
He never dreamed of creating a perfect world despite the utopia depicted in Candide. He only argued that the world could be less bad than it is if we replaced ignorance and superstition with knowledge and rational thought. His influence along with Rousseau on the French Revolution is well-known, but Voltaire would have been appalled by the irrational, violent excesses done in the name of enlightenment.
Critics ever since have been arguing that the 18th-century crusade against faith has fatally wounded the Western World, promoting all sorts of social ills. Whether one sees the world as better or worse after Voltaire, there is no question that the issues which obsessed him are still important today.
There are few of the questions treated below which are not still being hotly debated in contemporary America, and few of his arguments have lost their point in the ensuing centuries.
As you read this book, ask yourself to what extent are his views the very foundation stones of our culture and to what extent do they challenge it?
The following notes refer to the Penguin edition of the Philosophical Dictionary, but there is a different, older translation available on the Web.
What does the threat in the last line of this article mean? Soul In this article Voltaire ironically examines the concept of the soul, which had been finely subdivided as he describes by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotlewhose definitions were adapted by the thirteenth century Italian theologian Thomas Aquinasand which became the basis of Roman Catholic teaching on the subject see p.
Much of this article is spent mocking these teachings. Some of his comments in this article are aimed at particular points in their philosophy and are of mainly historical interest. Focus on the points addressed in the following questions.
Voltaire, like most modern scientists, sees humans as being part of a natural continuum with animals and plants.
In the last sentence on p. Rocks do not have heaviness in them as something distinguishable from the rest of their nature: Similarly, living beings live not because they have souls which animate them; they are simply physical beings one of whose characteristics is life.Hiroshima Diary, written by Dr.
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