A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6

A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6
From the series The Works of Voltaire, A Contemporary Version, Vol. 10

By

0
(0 Reviews)
A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 by Voltaire

Published:

1901

Downloads:

1,015

Share This

A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6
From the series The Works of Voltaire, A Contemporary Version, Vol. 10

By

0
(0 Reviews)
From the French Dictionnaire Philosophique, translated by William F. Fleming. The Philosophical Dictionary is not a sustained work, but a compilation of articles contributed to Diderot's Encyclopédie. The quality of the articles bear witness to the great genius and intellect of François-Marie Arouet, more known as Voltaire.

Book Excerpt

ancients, when they applied that term to the atmosphere; which, as M. de Fontenelle has well observed in his "Plurality of Worlds," is the down of our ball.

The vapors which rise from our seas and land, and which form the clouds, meteors, and thunder, were supposed, in the early ages of the world, to be the residence of gods. Homer always makes the gods descend in clouds of gold; and hence painters still represent them seated on a cloud. How can any one be seated on water? It was perfectly correct to place the master of the gods more at ease than the rest; he had an eagle to carry him, because the eagle soars higher than the other birds.

The ancient Greeks, observing that the lords of cities resided in citadels on the tops of mountains, supposed that the gods might also have their citadel, and placed it in Thessaly, on Mount Olympus, whose summit is sometimes hidden in clouds; so that their palace was on the same floor with their heaven.

Afterwards, the stars and planets, which appear fix

Readers reviews

5
4
3
2
1
0.0
Average from 0 Reviews
0
Write Review
Be the first to review this book
Steven M Cross - An Intense Read Featuring Teens and their Challenges
FEATURED AUTHOR - Steven Cross remembers his first literary success, a play about a wolfman that his English class read. Cross, born in Missouri, has published plays, novels, and poetry and done well in some screenwriting competitions, most recently as a quarterfinalist in The Bluecat Screenwriting competition, considered one of the best in the country. Cross often writes about mental illness. He is an example of how a person can overcome mental illness and succeed. His young adult book Drowning covers bullying… Read more