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Diderot's and d'Alembert's encylopédie: Conclusion

Subjects: French


The philosophes did not achieve the integration of science and technology which they sought.

What they did achieve was a shift of focus from the old world dominated by tradition, dogma and religion to a new world dominated by technology and science.

A move away from ‘good taste’ to the principle that everything must be brought to light although as we have seen there were limits to how far they were able to go.


Barber, Giles Acquiring enlightenment: Oxford and the Encylopédie

The encyclopédie Director: Robert Philip Presenters: Giles Barber, Robert Fox, Christopher Lawrence Open University/BBC (Documentary film)