“The Philosophy of History Reprint of the Original Edition of 1776 With a Preface by Thomas Kiernan”

“This work was first published in London in 1776 and is a typical representation of Voltaire’s attitude toward life and reality. His prime concern was to disprove and demolish for all time the established notions that governed contemporary affairs, but which were in his penetrating view, patiently ridiculous. He spread his iconoclastic aim through all his work. The model for all subsequent dissenters, he wrote with courage and conviction, and most important of all, with controlled genius that lent to his words and ideas a strength and aggregate that has resisted the erosive influence of time.

Have you ever wondered how different worldviews have shaped history? How dominant religious or political groups have changed the way past events have been interpreted, written, and recorded? The greatest philosophical mind to come out of the Enlightenment has tackled these very questions in his essay Philosophy of History. Voltaire attempts to reinterpret the moral, esthetic, and religious views, and the customs and practices that prevailed in ancient civilizations. His prime concern was to disprove and demolish the established notions that governed contemporary affairs, which he found to be patently ridiculous, and to write with courage and conviction. In Philosophy of History, he has a philosophical look through history from different races of man to legislators who have spoken in the name of the Gods. This enthralling essay is an essential read for scholars and students of the Enlightenment.”