Great freethinkers: selected quotations by famous skeptics & nonconformists

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Metacomet Books, Sep 1, 2004 - Fiction - 250 pages
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Grouped into categories that range from religion and psychology to sex and politics, the 1,000 quotations by the world's great iconoclasts and skeptics collected in this volume challenge conventional notions of god, country, science, art, society, and culture. In eclectic harmony, the words of cynics Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, and H. L. Mencken counterbalance those of idealists Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Einstein, and Jane Addams. Utopians Emma Goldman and Che Guevara contrast with anti-utopians George Orwell and Albert Camus. Individualists contend with egalitarians as do deists with atheists in these thought-provoking quotations that have been carefully selected from a broad range of writings and chosen on the basis of their wit, eloquence, novelty, and incisiveness.

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This is an interesting book that makes me want to read the books, speeches, and plays they are derived from. I am buying this book. Read full review

Contents

Mind Thought
3
Character Virtue
15
Ideals
21
Religion in General
27
Belief Skepticism
34
Deity
42
Morality
50
Soul Immortality
57
Aesthetics
153
The Artist Creativity
159
Language
166
Politics Government
177
Law Justice
183
Reform Progress
195
War
203
Nationalism Patriotism
209

Human Nature
65
Nature
119
Matter Materialism
129
Circumstance
135
Death
142
Economy
218
Women Gender
226
Class
235
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX
241
Copyright

About the author (2004)

James C. Sanford is an antiquarian book dealer who has specialized in the history of science and ideas for some 20 years, and has written on historical and book-related topics. He has been a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America since 1989. Earlier in his career, he taught history at Mt. Holyoke College and received his doctorate from Harvard. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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