Discussion Questions for Wednesday’s Class 10/28

Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Questions for discussion

1) “… [a philosopher] takes as true that which is true, as false that which is false, as doubtful that which is doubtful, and as probably that which is only probable. He goes further – and here is a great perfection of the philosopher – when he has no proper motive for judging, he remains undecided.”

Form pairs and find in his Philosophical Dictionary places where Voltaire supports the quotation above.

 

2) In his section on Toleration, Voltaire calls religion the “prerogative of humanity” and mentions religious practices and beliefs throughout his dictionary. What is your interpretation of Voltaire’s beliefs about religion based on his various references throughout the text.

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