Half-Hours with the Freethinkers

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The Floating Press, Jun 1, 2012 - Philosophy - 342 pages
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Have you ever played the parlor game where you name the historical figures you'd like to invite to a dinner party? This fascinating book is kind of like the written form of that exercise. It brings together the key arguments and beliefs espoused by an array of the top minds in the 'free thought' movement, a philosophical school that prized rationality and logic over dogma. It's a must-read for those interested in learning more about philosophy in user-friendly, bite-sized essays.
 

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Contents

Editors Preface
4
Thomas Hobbes
6
Lord Bolingbroke
21
Condorcet
36
Spinoza
51
Anthony Collins
67
Des Cartes
82
M De Voltaire
96
Frances W DArusmont
186
Epicurus
201
Zeno the Stoic
216
Matthew Tindal
231
David Hume
246
Dr Thomas Burnet
261
Thomas Paine
276
Baptiste de Mirabaud
292

John Toland
111
Compte de Volney
126
Charles Blount
142
Percy Bysshe Shelley
157
Claud Arian Helvetius
171
Baron DHolbach
294
Robert Taylor
307
Joseph Barker
321
Endnotes
340
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