Denis Diderot





Denis Diderot

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born
in Langres, France
October 05, 1713

died
July 31, 1784

gender
male

genre

influences


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Denis Diderot (October 5, 1713 – July 31, 1784) was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He was a prominent persona during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder and chief editor of and contributor to the Encyclopédie.
Diderot also contributed to literature, notably with Jacques le fataliste et son maître (Jacques the Fatalist and his Master), which emulated Laurence Sterne in challenging conventions regarding novels and their structure and content, while also examining philosophical ideas about free will. Diderot is also known as the author of the dialogue, Le Neveu de Rameau (Rameau's Nephew), upon which many articles and sermons about consumer desire have been based. His articles included many topics of the...more


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Lettre sur les aveugles
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Encyclopedie 1
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More books by Denis Diderot…
“Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”
Denis Diderot

“From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.”
Denis Diderot, Essai sur le mérite et la vertu

“[L]e philosophe n'a jamais tué de prêtres et le prêtre a tué beaucoup de philosophes...

(The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.)”
Denis Diderot, Political Writings

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