Essay heading: Voltaire: A History That Never Moved

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Europe

 

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Binoy Kapmark

 

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July 1, 2009

 

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"The fear of the Bastille and a hope for government pensions had a dismal effect on the historian's taste for truth and objectivity." Well and good the fable teller was out and ready to produce. But did the fables reveal a teleological purpose? Voltaire must have reasoned that progress was possible there must have been progress from a maleficent God who destroyed Lisbon to a disinterested God who had deferred his authority to destroy to an amoral nature...
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Without some definitive progress the pleasantries of the present age would not have been possible. There would be no Turgot, no Condorcet, no Diderot. What is being submitted is that it was never clear how that resulted. Was it Idea? Was it Spirit? Not free will, since free will is constrained. Not God who lies too high in the sky...
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