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Dynamism and Disinterest: the Materialist Reader and Diderot's <i>Dream</i>

Natania Meeker

in Voluptuous Philosophy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226962
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240944 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823226962.003.0006
Dynamism and Disinterest: the Materialist Reader and Diderot's Dream

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If there is one eighteenth-century materialist whose work appears to stand at the juncture of literature and philosophy—a writer who most impressively seems to occupy the space where the pleasures of figure intersect with a dynamic and hedonic materialist science—it is Denis Diderot. Not coincidentally, Diderot has also often been read as an exemplary Enlightenment inheritor of the Lucretian legacy, as well as perhaps the most crucial translator of a potentially archaic materialism that he animates anew with playfulness and flexibility. On the other hand, Diderot regularly turns, in his literary works, to Lucretius as the originator of an intricate and richly poetic materialist thematics.

Keywords: Enlightenment; materialism; Denis Diderot; Lucretius; materialist science; eighteenth century

Chapter.  15394 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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