The Works of Voltaire, Vol. V (Philosophical Dictionary Part 3) 
Available in the following formats:
Facsimile PDF 43.4 MB
This is a facsimile or image-based PDF made from scans of the original book.
Facsimile PDF small 25.1 MB
This is a compressed facsimile or image-based PDF made from scans of the original book.
Kindle 753 KB
This is an E-book formatted for Amazon Kindle devices.
EBook PDF 1.35 MB
This text-based PDF or EBook was created from the HTML version of this book and is part of the Portable Library of Liberty.
HTML 1.1 MB
This version has been converted from the original text. Every effort has been taken to translate the unique features of the printed book into the HTML medium.
About this Title:
Volume 3 of the
Philosophical Dictionary with entries from “Fanaticism” to the “Job.” The Philosophical Dictionary first appeared in 1764 in a “pocket edition” designed to be carried about one’s person. It consists of a series of short essays on a variety of topics all of which are tied together as examples of Voltaire’s withering criticism of “the infamous thing” – examples of tyranny and persecution by a privileged orthodoxy in Church and State of those individuals who disagree. Copyright information:
The text is in the public domain.
Fair use statement:
This material is put online to further the educational goals of Liberty Fund, Inc. Unless otherwise stated in the Copyright Information section above, this material may be used freely for educational and academic purposes. It may not be used in any way for profit.
Table of Contents:
The WORKS of VOLTAIRE
A PHILOSOPHICAL DICTIONARY Vol. V — Part I
LIST OF PLATES
A PHILOSOPHICAL DICTIONARY.
Of the Different Significations of this Word.
Of What is Understood by the Word.
Letter from a Weaver of Lyons to the Gentlemen of the Commission established at Paris, for the Reformation of Religious Orders, printed in the public papers in 1768.
Figure or Form of the Earth.
FIGURE IN THEOLOGY.
Figure, Figurative, Allegorical, Mystical, Tropological, Typical, etc.
FINESSE, FINENESS, ETC.
Of the Different Significations of the Word.
What is Understood by Fire Used Figuratively.
Of the French Nation.
Whether pious Frauds should be practised upon the People.
Conversation with a Chinese.
Letter from Maximus of Madaura.
A Calumny on Cicero by Warburton, on the Subject of a Supreme God.
Examination of Spinoza.
Spinoza’s Profession of Faith.
Foundation of Spinoza’s Philosophy.
The “System of Nature.”
Story of the Eels on Which the System is Founded.
The Necessity of Believing in a Supreme Being.
GOOD—THE SOVEREIGN GOOD, A CHIMERA.
Of Good and Evil, Physical and Moral.
Picture of the English Government.
GOURD OR CALABASH.
Of the Meaning of These Words.
Observations Upon the Extinction of the Greek Language at Marseilles.
A PHILOSOPHICAL DICTIONARY Vol. V—Part II
LIST OF PLATES
A PHILOSOPHICAL DICTIONARY.
HEAVEN (CIEL MATÉRIEL).
HEAVEN OF THE ANCIENTS.
HELL (DESCENT INTO).
Of the Extirpation of Heresies.
Hermes, or Ermes, Mercury Trismegistus, or Thaut, or Taut, or Thot.
Definition of History.
The Foundations of History.
Of Monuments or Memorials.
Of the Certainty of History.
Uncertainty of History.
Whether Temples, Festivals, Annual Ceremonies, and even Medals, are Historic Proofs.
Should an Historian ascribe Fictitious Speeches to his Characters, and sketch Portraits of them?
Of Historical Portraiture.
Of Cicero’s Maxim Concerning History, that an Historian should never dare to relate a Falsehood or to Conceal a Truth.
Of Satirical History.
Of the Method or Manner of Writing History, and of Style.
History of the Jewish Kings, and of the “Paralipomena.”
Of bad Actions which have been consecrated or excused in History.
All in God.
Laws of Nature.
Organization of the Senses and Ideas.
The Great Being Does Everything.
How is Everything an Action of God?
Examination of the Ancient Idolatry.
Whether the Persians, the Sabæans, the Egyptians, the Tartars, or the Turks, have been Idolaters, and the Extent of the Antiquity of the Images Called Idols—History of Their Worship.
Of the Infinite in Number.
Is Matter Infinitely Divisible?
Of the Universe.
Of the Infinite in Geometry.
Of Infinite Power, Wisdom, Goodness.
Influence of the Passions of Mothers upon their Fœtus.
Of the Massacre of the Innocents.
Singular Establishment of the Inquisition in Portugal.
JESUITS; OR PRIDE.
The Jewish Law.
The Dispersion of the Jews.
In Answer to Some Objections. Letters to Joseph, Ben, Jonathan, Aaron, Mathatai, and David Wincker.
Antiquity of the Jews.
On a few Crosses which befell God’s People.
The Story of Micah.
Jewish Assassinations. Were the Jews Cannibals? Had their Mothers Commerce with Goats? Did their Fathers and Mothers Immolate their Children? With a few other fine Actions of God’s People.
Jewish Calamities and Great Assassinations.
Melchim, or Petty Kings of the Jews.
Did the Jews Eat Human Flesh?
Were the Jewish Ladies Intimate with Goats?
Did the Jews Immolate Human Victims?
The Thirty-two Thousand Virgins, the Seventy-five Thousand Oxen, and the Fruitful Desert of Midian.
Jewish Children Immolated by their Mothers.
Beauty of the Land of Promise.
Charity which God’s People and the Christians should entertain for each other.
Could not load content