Philosophical Thoughts and Other Texts

Philosophical Thoughts and Other Texts

by Kirk Watson, Denis Diderot

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Immediately upon publication, this book "stirred up quite a scandal, and introduced the world to a new athlete, all the harder to beat, since he hit you from all sides at once; he seems to assume different forms, and in this respect he could say, like the devil, 'Our name is Legion'" (Naigeon, 'Memoires'). A scandal, to be sure: the book was promptly banned, burned and its anonymous author was pursued by the authorities.

The author later became a guiding mind of the Englightment with his Encyclopedia. In this, his first published book, Diderot launches a sustained attack on his twin enemies: superstition (i.e. Christianity, the Bible, miracles, and revelation) and atheism. The truth, he thought, lies with deism: God is knowable through his masterpiece, the world and all it contains.

This fully revised translation includes the following texts:

Philosophical Thoughts
Addition to the "Philosophical Thoughts"
Unpublished Thoughts
On the Sufficiency of Natural Religion
Ruling of the Parlement of Paris Regarding the "Philosophical Thoughts"

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157855994
Publisher: Kirk Watson
Publication date: 01/27/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,039,516
File size: 168 KB

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