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    Description'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.


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    Title
    A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Voltaire, Translated by John Fletcher
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199553631
    ISBN 10: 0199553637
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25220
    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: DNF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: PHI022000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    DC22: 194
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Abridged Dewey: 194
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: PHI021000
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    B&T Approval Code: A10204000
    BIC subject category V2: HPCD1, HRAM
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    DC23: 194
    LC classification: B2173.D532 E5 2011
    Thema V1.0: DNL, QDHM, QRAM
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    08 November 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Nicholas Cronk is the General Editor of the Complete Works of Voltaire published by the Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire (CUP, 2009). For Oxford World's Classics he has introduced and annotated Cyrano de Bergerac , Diderot's Rameau's Nephew and First Satire, and Voltaire's Letters concerning the English Nation.
    Review quote
    a marvellously Swiftian look at the bleakness of existence. Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian In John Fletcher's wonderfully luminous translation, the Dictionnaire philosophique portatif is like a breath of fresh air... Nicholas Cronk's discreet, helpful introduction and notes direct us to Voltaire's main concern: religion. David Coward, Times Literary Supplement