Voltaire: “Je suis Charlie”

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A photo taken in Paris on Sunday 11 January:   “Philosophy brings peace to the soul; fanaticism and peace are incompatible. If our holy faith has so often been corrupted by this infernal madness, human folly is to blame.” “L’effet de la philosophie est de rendre l’âme tranquille, et le fanatisme est incompatible avec la tranquillité. Si notre sainte religion a été si souvent corrompue par cette fureur infernale, c’est à la folie des hommes qu’il faut s’en prendre.” Voltaire, Dictionnaire philosophique, article “Fanatisme” (English translation by John Fletcher) Writing on the BBC website, historian Tom Holland also thought of Voltaire: “Viewpoint: The roots of the battle for free speech”. – Nicholas Cronk

 

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