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I read for you the Social Contract (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

Rousseau was a special case in the Enlightenment. He was not a Parisian. He prefered the Geneva countryside (where he originated) than the  worldliness of the city. Unlike his contemporary philosophers, he believed that technological progress causes an accumulation of wealth that deepen inequalities. In his letter to d’Alembert 1758, he even spoke of « moral

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Treatise on Tolerance on the occasion of the death of Jean Calas (1763) (Voltaire)

Voltaire wrote this book after the trial of Jean Calas, a Protestant wrongly accused of murdering her son converted to Catholicism, March 9, 1762, in Toulouse. So this is a work written « reaction » that Voltaire saw as an injustice of his countrymen, who was due to religious intolerance. This incident was the starting point of

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Montaigne About cannibals

Montaigne was born into a noble Catholic family in Gascony in 1533, during the reign of Francis I, while the kingdom of France knew the first soubressauts of religious wars. The Lutheran Reformation (Protestantism) was beginning to threaten the royal authority built on Catholic foundations. 1520 saw the first persecution of Huguenots (Protestants), which degenerated

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I read for you A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME Stephen HAWKING

A brief history of time (Edition 1996 ) Stephen HAWKING, after years of research in mathematics and cosmology, Stephen HAWKING has decided to present the state of knowledge of cosmology and physics. His book became, upon its release in 1988, a best-seller. Surprising for a work on themes, a priori, reserved for scientific elites. Hawking

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I read for you MEIN KAMPF d’Adolf HITLER

Warning – Mein Kampf, of course, is a reprehensible book in many ways. It is particularly based on the most primitive instincts of the human being to build a political program based on racial preference. But must, however, prohibit its publication, reading? I am among those who argue for a negative answer to this question

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I read to you THE GOD DELUSION Richard DAWKINS

This book by Richard Dawkins aims to provide a comprehensive argument about the non-existence of a creator God in general and that of the Bible in particular. Richard DAWKINS refutes the arguments of : theists who believe in a personal God, who not only created the world but intervenes, see, hear and judge men ;

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The new revelations of archeology Documentary directed by Thierry Ragobert and Isy Morgenstern with the holdings of the archaeologist Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman historian.

This documentary tackles the sensitive issue of biblical archeology. It highlights that the story told in the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, that of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and Solomon, was never confirmed by the numerous excavations since the early twentieth century Palestine . The Bible revealed Israel Finkelstein By pointing the many anachronisms, historical

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A Mathematics timeline

Prehistory The first tangible signs of accounting. appear in forms of carved notches. Antiquity 3500 BC –  The mathematics are becoming essential to the administration of the first cities (Ur, Akkad, …) of Mesopotamia. The use of clay tablets are spreading to burn compatibility cuneiform (wedge-shaped). We discover the number Pi and gives a first

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I read to you A line in the sand (a line in the sand) James BARR

For those who wish to understand the Middle East, the book of James Barr seems to me entirely appropriate. We discover that the imbroglio politico-religious today mine this area of the world largely stems from the ancient rivalry between French and British, who, since the nineteenth century, these territories jealously vying to expand, each of

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