Denis Diderot

French Enlightenment philosopher writer and encyclopædist (1713–1784)

Denis Diderot (French: [dəni didʁo]; 5 October 1713 – 31 July 1784) was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. He was a known figure during the Enlightenment. He is best known for serving as co-founder, chief editor and contributor to the Encyclopédie along with Jean le Rond d'Alembert.[1] Born into a noble, Catholic family, in later years he rebelled, becoming an Atheist.

Denis Diderot
Diderot, by Louis-Michel van Loo, 1767.
Born(1713-10-05)5 October 1713
Langres, France
Died31 July 1784(1784-07-31) (aged 70)
Paris, France
Era18th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Main interests
Fatalism, atheism, political philosophy, materialism, determinism

Diderot died from pulmonary thrombosis in Paris, aged 70.


  1. Jacques Smietanski, "Le Réalisme dans Jacques le Fataliste" (Paris: Nizet, 1965).

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