Harry R. Schwartz

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The Encyclopédie


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French writer/philosopher Denis Diderot is probably best known for editing the Encyclopédie, a series of collaboratively written books meant to compile all the knowledge of late-1700s Europe. I just learned that the University of Michigan hosts a hypertext-ed translation of the whole thing. You can read a blurb about the project here. Some highlights:

Aside from some offensively dated ideas about race, I’m really impressed with how modern most of the thinking is. Compare that with, say, the Pseudodoxia, written just a century earlier. Way to go, Enlightenment.

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