Good Sense
ISBN: 1591021456
EAN13: 9781591021452
Language: English
Publication Date: Mar 1, 2004
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 0.57" H x 8.4" L x 5.44" W
Weight: 0.69 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

This work, originally published in 1772, was intended as a popular digest of the more elaborately developed philosophy presented by Holbach in his magnum opus, Syst me de la nature (The System of Nature, 1770). In 206 very brief chapters, Holbach systematically presents the atheistic challenge to religion, critiquing point by point every contention of religion from the nature of God to the existence of the soul, belief in miracles, heaven and hell, the divine right of kings, the role of the priesthood, and many other points of dogma and tradition. Though the extreme materialism and determinism of his philosophy was disturbing to even some of his colleagues (Voltaire accused Holbach of snatching consolation and hope from humanity), Holbach's work remained influential after his death and seems in many respects a forerunner of much contemporary philosophy.

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