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  • Diderot, Denis 1713-1784. French philosopher and writer whose supreme accomplishment was his work on the Encyclopédie (1751-1772), which epitomized the spirit of Enlightenment thought. He also wrote novels, plays, critical essays, and brilliant letters to a wide circle of friends and colleagues.

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  • n. French philosopher who was a leading figure of the Enlightenment in France; principal editor of an encyclopedia that disseminated the scientific and philosophical knowledge of the time (1713-1784)

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Examples

  • But this cultured distance from natural power becomes indistinguishable from base subservience, much as the later use of "wit," culminating in Diderot's Le

    Notes on 'Post-Secular Conviviality'

  • But if it was necessary (to paraphrase Diderot) to bludgeon the last politician to death with the severed arm of the last police sniper, then so be it.

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  • Like his great models -- such as Diderot, Voltaire and Hazlitt -- he loves clarity and wit, and hates pedantry.

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  • The work of enlightenment anti-imperialists such as Diderot and Kant reflects their struggle with the tension between universalistic concepts such as human rights and the realities of cultural pluralism.

    Colonialism

  • Page 601, Volume 2 others (such as Diderot) employed a genuine social psychology.

    TYPES OF INDIVIDUALISM

  • "Diderot," says Voltaire, "is too hot an oven, everything that is baked in it getting burnt."

    The Ancient Regime

  • Why not change its form a little and annex to it some account of Carlyle's later pieces, to wit: "Diderot," and "Sartor Resartus."

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  • "Diderot," said she, "is a hundred years old in many respects, but in others he is no more than ten."

    The Empire of Russia

  • The reputation of Holbach's radical guests, such as Diderot and David Hume, may endure, but historians of the 18th-century Enlightenment now cede much more intellectual influence to

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  • From the earliest writings of the Enlightenment philosophes, such as Diderot and Condorcet, there were suggestions that eventually we could achieve radical longevity, machine intelligence, freedom from drudgery, and the radical evolution of the human form.

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  • Three cheers for freedom of speech for eighteenth-century French encyclopedic smut! The "18th" volume of Diderot's Encyclopedié is the "censored" stuff. NOW ONLINE!! WOOOOOO!!!

    June 4, 2010