<history of philosophy, biography> french philosopher who edited the EncyclopÈdie. Diderot (1713-1784) promoted Locke's thought in France through his PensÈes sur l'interprÈtation de la nature (1746) and Lettre sur le aveugles (Essay on Blindness) (1749). In his later years, Diderot wrote essays and plays expressing favored Enlightenment themes, including atheism and social contract theory. Recommended Reading: Denis Diderot, Selected Philosophical Writings (Greenwood, 1987); Denis Diderot, Rameau's Nephew, and Other Works, tr. by Jacques Barzun and Ralph H. Bowen (Hackett, 2001); Denis Diderot, Thoughts on the Interpretation of Nature and Other Philosophical Works (Clinamen, 2000); and Diderot's Early Philosophical Works (Open Court, 1970).
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