Voltaire: Philosophical Dictionary (StudyGuide)

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StudyGuide for Voltaire`s Philosophical Dictionary: (Selections) The most commonly-taught book by Voltaire is his amusing satire onphilosophical optimism, Candide. It was even made into a delightfulmusical by Leonard Bernstein. However, it does not represent Voltaire at hismost influential. Philosophical optimism is pretty much dead and has to beexplained to students today so that they can grasp the point of his satire.Voltaire`s thought ranged much more widely than this, however. In a verylong life of tireless intellectual campaigning he was the most widely-read ofthe Enlightenment spokesmen known as philosophes. These writers prized clarity and wit, and Voltaire`s writingabounds in both. However, these qualities are somewhat dimmedfor many contemporary readers who don`t have the ...

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