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Denis Diderot (1713-1784)
Related: 1700s - 18th century literature - French literature - France - Encyclopedia - enlightenment
Titles: The Indiscreet Jewels (1748) - L’Encyclopédie (1751) - La Religieuse (1796) - Jacques the Fatalist and His Master (1771-73 (published 1796)
Denis Diderot (October 5, 1713 - July 31, 1784) was a French writer and philosopher.
Born in Langres, Champagne, France in 1713, he was a prominent figure in what became known as The Enlightenment, and was the editor-in-chief of the famous Encyclopédie.
Diderot also contributed to literature, notably with his work Jacques le fataliste et son maître, which, in emulation of Laurence Sterne, challenged conventions regarding novels and their structure and content, while also examining philosophical ideas relating to free will. He is also known as the author of the essay Regrets on Parting with My Old Dressing Gown, upon which many an article and sermon about consumer desire have been based.-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Diderot [Jul 2006]
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