Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot

Born: January 01, 1970

Nationality: French

Occupation: Editor

Biography: Denis Diderot was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He was a prominent person during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder and chief editor of and contributor to the Encyclopédie.

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Source/Notes: In French: "Nous avons trois moyens principaux: l'observation de la nature, la réflexion et l'expérience. L'observation recueille les faits, la réflexion les combine, l'expérience vérifie le résultat de la combinaison." - Pensées sur l'interprétation de la nature (1751), XV.
Source/Notes: As quoted in Dictionary of Foreign Quotations (1980) by Mary Collison, Robert L. Collison, p. 235

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