Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West

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Penguin Canada, 2009 - Civilization, Modern - 678 pages
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Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West is a sweeping and provocative exploration of nothing less than the political, economic, social, and cultural origins of Western society. With great daring and originality, John Ralston Saul dissects the contradictions, delusions, and illusions that have brought the world to the brink of confusion and crisis, and shatters the myths surrounding the icons and institutions that we have been taught to revere and cherish.

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Saul is a guardian of our society. Fantastic in its scope. The only criticism I could foresee, besides the investment in reading a work of this length, is that the one-sidely critical nature of his ... Read full review

Voltaire's bastards: the dictatorship of reason in the West

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Saul locates the source of many of the contemporary world's problems in a perversion of reason. He argues that while Voltaire had hoped to use reason as a tool to overthrow outmoded and harsh customs ... Read full review


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John Ralston Saul is Canada's leading public intellectual. Declared a "prophet" by Time magazine, Saul has received many awards and prizes, including Chile's Pablo Neruda Medal. He is president of PEN International, an organization dedicated to freedom of expression. He has published fourteen works, which have been translated into twenty-five languages in thirty-six countries, the most recent of which is The Comeback, an examination of the remarkable return to power of Aboriginal people in Canada. Saul lives in Toronto.

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