Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary isn't exactly what one might think of when the word "dictionary" is mentioned. Instead of a long catalog of definitions and terms, this collection is a series of articles and thoughts from one of the Enlightenment's greatest and most subversive thinkers. Actor, Donal Donnelly, with his pleasant lilt, enhances Voltaire's natural wit and satire. Subjects in this collection range from freedom of press to the Roman Catholic Church, of which Voltaire has plenty of humorous and scathing things to say.
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In the 1700's this would have been really relevant and humorous. Luckily, many of Voltaire's insightful and then controversial ideas are now common wisdom. This leaves this volume as being interesting mostly in the historical sense. I could not recommend it for the humor, philosophical insights, or educational value. I am glad I listened, but this is definitely not for everyone.
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