French man of letters Denis Diderot.

Denis Diderot

(1713 - 1784)

Assisted by the mathematician Jean d’Alembert beginning in the mid-1740s, Denis Diderot edited the Encyclopédie—a dictionary of the sciences, arts, and trades—to which Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Baron d’Holbach, and Voltaire all contributed. In the following two decades, he also distinguished himself as a playwright and an art critic. Diderot’s fictional works The Nun, Jacques the Fatalist, and Rameau’s Nephew were all published after he died at the age of seventy in 1784.

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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.

—Denis Diderot, 1777

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Skill Sets

Diderot on the hard work of a painter.More

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Synesthesia

Denis Diderot on the senses, language, and aesthetics.More

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