Preliminary Discourse to the Encyclopedia of Diderot

Jean Le Rond d'Alembert

Preliminary Discourse to the Encyclopedia of Diderot
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Jean Le Rond d'Alembert

Translated by Richard N. Schwab
224 pages | 1 halftone | 5-1/4 x 8 | © 1963
Paper $22.50 ISBN: 9780226134765 Published August 1995
Preliminary Discourse to the Encyclopedia of Diderot expresses the hopes, dogmas, assumptions, and prejudices that have come to characterize the French Enlightenment. In this preface to the Encyclopedia, d'Alembert traces the history of intellectual progress from the Renaissance to 1751. Including a revision of Diderot's Prospectus and a list of contributors to the Encyclopedia, this edition, elegantly translated and introduced by Professor Richard Schwab, is one of the great works of the Enlightenment and an outstanding introduction to the philosophes.
Contents
Frontispiece and caption
Translator's Introduction
Note on the Translation
Preliminary Discourse to the Encyclopedia of Diderot
Part I
Part II
Part III
Detailed Explanation of the System of Human Knowledge
Observations on Bacon's Division of the Sciences
Index
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