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Voltaire

Voltaire (1694-1778) was a psuedonym of French satirist François-Marie Arouet, regarded as the harbinger of the Enlightenment. His work Candide criticizes the philosopher Leibniz‘s view that God created the best of all possible worlds. Candide‘s character Dr. Pangloss is a … Continue reading


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Max Weber

Max Weber (1864-1920) was a German sociologist. He apparently suffered some kind of mental collapse after confronting his father for abusing his mother. He is said to have recovered through rationality. This might have contributed to Weber’s emphasis on rationality … Continue reading


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Witches Hammer (The Malleus Maleficarum)

In 1326 Pope John XXII responded to Dominican pressure by making witchcraft an official heresy. Until recently it’s been said that in 1486, two educated Dominicans monks, Heinrich Kramer and James Sprengler wrote the Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of Witches … Continue reading

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