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Encyclopedists, 18th-century

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DB024-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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The Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers was published in seventeen folio volumes (about 20 million words) between 1751 and 1765, accompanied by eleven volumes of engravings (1762–72). Its chief editor was Diderot, with D’Alembert acting as co-editor for the first seven volumes. The work was an expression of the Enlightenment belief in improvement through knowledge.

Citing this article:
Mason, John Hope. Encyclopedists, 18th-century, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DB024-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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