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Denis Diderot


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Denis Diderot (October 5, 1713 – July 31, 1784) was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He was a prominent person during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder and chief editor of and contributor to the Encyclopédie along with Jean le Rond d'Alembert.

Diderot also contributed to literature, notably with Jacques le fataliste et son maître (Jacques the ... more »

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  • ''Only a very bad theologian would confuse the certainty that follows revelation with the truths that are revealed. They are entirely different things.''
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Apology for the Abbé de Prades (1752).
  • ''Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world.''
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). "Conversation Between d'Alembert and Diderot,...
  • ''We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory. Our senses are so many strings that are struck by surrounding objects and that also frequently strike themselves.''
    Denis Diderot (1713-84), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). "Conversation Between D'Alembert and Diderot," ...
  • ''The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and ... people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them on occasion.''
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Conversations with a Christian Lady (1777).
  • There is not a Musselman alive who would not imagine that he was performing an action pleasing to God and his Holy Prophet by exterminating every Christian on earth, while the Christians are scarcely ...
    Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Conversations with a Christian Lady (written ...
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