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The Discourse of Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century France : Diderot and the Art of Philosophizing - Daniel Brewer

The Discourse of Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century France

Diderot and the Art of Philosophizing


Published: 28th May 1993
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This study explores the problems faced by writers of the Enlightenment, who attempted to demystify all previous forms of knowledge by applying rationalist critiques that can in turn be applied to examine their own critical work. It focuses on the works of one of the best-known writers of eighteenth-century France, Denis Diderot, analysing his experimentation with presenting critical knowledge. Paying close attention to the formal-poetic nature of Diderot's writing, his 'art', it examines the interplay between critical knowledge and its representation, between epistemology and aesthetics. Professor Brewer shows how Diderot's work in the areas of philosophy, science, the fine arts and literature pushed Enlightenment critique to its limits, and points to its remarkable similarity to aspects of modern critical theory.

List of illustrations
Note on the text
Representing knowledge: reading the EncyclopTdie
Enlightenment critique and Diderot's art of philosophizing
The matter of judgment and the art of phrasing sensation
Critical narratives: Diderot's Salons
Embodying knowledge
Portraying Diderot: the aftermath
Interpreting Diderot: critical values, critical violence
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ISBN: 9780521414838
ISBN-10: 0521414830
Series: Cambridge Studies in French
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 28th May 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.55