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Published: 11 August 2011

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780199553631

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A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary

John Fletcher and Nicholas Cronk

Oxford World's Classics

  • One of the landmarks of European Enlightenment thought, Voltaire's Pocket Philosophical Dictionary is concerned primarily with religious dogma and intolerance and remains highly relevant today.
  • This is the only available English translation of Voltaire's original Pocket Philosophical Dictionary of 1764, expanded in successive editions until it became less coherent, and the edition that provoked widespread condemnation and controversy.
  • The only translation based on the definitive French critical edition.
  • The new translation by John Fletcher is readable and accurate and is accompanied by a contextualizing introduction by Nicholas Cronk that considers France and Europe in the 1760s, 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.
  • Includes up-to-date bibliography and full notes.

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