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encyclopedic liberty

Encyclopedic Liberty: Political Articles in the Dictionary of Diderot and D’Alembert By Denis Diderot and
Jean Le Rond d'Alembert
Translated by Henry C. Clark and
Christine Dunn Henderson

Political Thought

Often described as the culmination of the French Enlightenment, the Encyclopédie was collected not only to serve as a comprehensive reference work, but to “change the way men think” about every aspect of the human and natural worlds. In his celebrated “Preliminary Discourse” to the compilation, d’Alembert traced an entire history of modern philosophy and science designed to chart the way toward a sweeping Baconian project of improving the world through usable knowledge.

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