french_section Le philosophe amoureux

Denis Diderot

Il aurait dû être prêtre.

Son père était vendeur de couteaux dans le nord de la France.
Mais parce qu’il était très intelligent , ses parents l’ont envoyé étudier à Paris.
Ses amis s’appelaient Rousseau,Voltaire et Montesquieu.
Il voulait lutter contre l’obscurantisme intellectuel .
Pendant plus de quinze années, il a eu le projet fou de créer une encyclopédie.
17 volumes …
50 000 articles écrits par les hommes les plus cultivés de son siècle .
Il est l’une des figures les plus importantes du siècle des Lumières .

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english_section The philosopher in love

Denis Diderot

He should have been a priest.

His father was a cutlery maker from the north of France.
But as he was very intelligent, he was sent to Paris to study .
Among his friends were Voltaire, Rousseau, and Montesquieu.
He wanted to fight against intellectual obscurantism.
For more than fifteen years he worked on a crazy project to create a great encyclopaedia.
17 volumes compiling 50,000 articles written by the most educated men of his century.
He was one of the most prominent figures of the Enlightenment.

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