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The Encyclopedia and Diderot's Legacy

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Stephan Hofmann

on 6 February 2013

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Transcript of The Encyclopedia and Diderot's Legacy

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli diderot's legacy the Encyclopedia who? cheif editor: Denis Diderot what? 17 volumes of text
11 volumes of images ("plates") where? first published in France when? written volumes
illustrations why? it was a collective plea for freedom of expression how? physically made possible by the printing press co-editor: Jean Le Rond d'Alembert contributors: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Voltaire
Montesquieu
Jean-Baptiste de La Chapelle science, mathematics, philosophy, religion philosophy, economics, mechanical arts, politics chief publisher: Andre Le Breton mainly publisher and editor, often went against Diderot's will and censored articles cover percussion
instruments originally "Encyclopedie" French government was pressured by the church into suspending the publishing rights of the Encyclopedie because of radical articles work continued in "secret", the French government saw the economic value of the project and allowed it to continue 1751-1765 by 1772 over time, more volumes would be added by new publishers and contributors Charles Joseph Panckouke, obtains rights to re-issue the encyclopedia, adds more volumes, despite Diderot's refusal to edit them 1776-1780 1782-1832 publishes seven extra volumes: 35 total publishes a ton more: 166 total the hiding of the more radical ideas in obscure articles or under the cover of irony prevented censoring by the church and goverenment designed to secularize learning undermined intellectual assumptions lingering from the Middle Ages and the Reformation it advanced and spread the Enlightenment and the ideas of the philosophes its articles ignored divine law, and concentrated on humanity and its immediate well-being the Encyclopedie helped diffuse Enlightenment thought across the continent hundreds employed to complete project articles of all kinds, focusing mainly on mechanical arts, politics, religion, government, and philosophy <iframe src="http://techtv.mit.edu/embeds/5141?size=large&amp;custom_width=432&amp;player=player&amp;external_stylesheet=" frameborder="0" width="544" height="338"></iframe> (This video explains more about Diderot and the actual Encyclopedie, which the textbook just glosses over)
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