Voltaire's bastards

the dictatorship of reason in the West

640 pages

English language

Published May 18, 1993 by Vintage Books.

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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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  • Reason.
  • Rationalism.
  • Civilization, Western.