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Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely by Andrew S. Curran

Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely

Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely by Andrew S. Curran
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Jan 15, 2019 | 528 Pages
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“[A] marvelous account of the philosophe’s life and work. But this is much more than a biography, as Curran renders in vivid detail the social and intellectual life of eighteenth-century France…Readers will be left with a new appreciation for Diderot.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Denis Diderot was many things—freethinking philosophe, tireless encyclopedist, trenchant art critic, iconoclastic dramatist, daring sexologist, spirited dialogist, and intimate adviser to Catherine the Great—and Andrew Curran brings them all vividly to life in this enlightening and engaging book.” —Michael Massing, author of Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind “Curran narrates with verve the story of Diderot’s life, but also his late masterpieces, unknown in their own time and written for posterity. Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely gives us, as hoped, a Diderot for today.” —Sophia Rosenfeld, author of Common Sense: A Political History

“Andrew Curran has given us an invigorating and wide-ranging new biography of the brilliant Encyclopédiste, bringing to life his complicated relationships and the ideas he explored throughout his protean intellectual career.” —Leo Damrosch, author of Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake
 
“In this lively and elegantly crafted portrait of one of the eighteenth century’s greatest minds, Curran gives us a Diderot at once true to his times and intensely relevant to our own. It is a book that will both enlighten and entertain specialists and general readers alike.” —Darrin M. McMahon, author of Happiness: A History

“In this lively and elegantly crafted portrait of one of the eighteenth century’s greatest minds, Curran gives us a Diderot at once true to his times and intensely relevant to our own. It is a book that will both enlighten and entertain specialists and general readers alike.” —Darrin M. McMahon, author of Happiness: A History

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“[An] engrossing, comprehensive study…Curran’s ability to dissect and explain complicated arguments of the period’s major thinkers is impressive.” —Choice

“This is an important contribution to an important topic. But it is also a model of how intellectual history should be done. Curran moves well beyond the parade of Big Thinkers that have long dominated the history of ideas. He reads them, to be sure, but he also reads what they read.” —New Books in History

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