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Transcript of Dennis Diderot
Denis Diderot was an essayist and philosopher during the age of Enlightenment.
Born in Langres, France, on Oct. 5, 1713.
Studied in Paris from 1729 to 1732
He showed a wide variety of interest including languages, theater, law, literature, philosophy, and mathematics.
He turned away from Christianity in his early adult life and embraced rationalism.
He said "man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."
Formulated the first modern notion of the cellular structure.
He died in Paris on July 30, 1784.
Pensées Philosophiques (Philosophical Thoughts)
Promenade du Sceptique (The Skeptic’s Walk)
Lettre sur les aveugles (Letter on the Blind)
Système de la nature ("Bible of atheism")
Encyclopédie (Joint editor and publisher with Jean Le Rond D’Alembert from 1751-1765
It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley, but to believe or not believe in God is not important at all.
No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.
Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.
From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.
Other facts about Denis Diderot
"La Religieuse" and "Le Neveu de Rameau" were novels by Diderot which were published posthumously because of the likelihood they would be censored while he was alive.
Diderot cheated on his wife for 30 years
In order to pay for his daughter's dowry he sold his library to the Queen of Russia
Jean le Rond d'Alembert
Friedrich von Schiller (book puplisher)
D'Alembert (French mathematician, mechanician, physicist, philosopher, and music theorist)
Turgot (French economist and statesman)
Helvétius (philosopher and littérateur)
Diderot completed his education at the University of Paris and Lycee Saint-Louis
Lycee Saint-Louis was meant to be a residence for students of the University of Paris.
The university of Paris is a famous university in Paris, France, and one of the earliest to be established in Europe.
His Role in the Enlightenment
Denis Diderot pioneered revolutionary thoughts, which gained him a place among the great thinkers that formed the Enlightenment movement.
Denis Diderot's lifework, the Encyclopedia, was a powerful weapon against ecclesiastical and governmental institutions. It revealed the truth.
Diderot rose up against the doctrine that stated the right of a prince to hold power over others because it was God’s will. He questioned the authority allegedly given to them by God.