Denis Diderot

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Birthday
5, 1713
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jul 31, 1784 (70)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
5, 1713
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jul 31, 1784 (70)

About

French Enlightenment author and philosopher most well known for co-authoring the Encyclopédie and several notable philosophical texts.

Before Fame

He studied at the Collège d'Harcourt and flirted with the idea of practicing law before he decided to pursue writing.

Trivia

He was also a highly influential art critic and his Essais sur la peinture (Essays on Painting) were praised by poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Family Life

He married Antoinette Champion in 1743 and had one daughter.

Associated With

He was a close friend and contemporary of fellow author and philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau.