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Diderot’s 1750 Encyclopedia (12:26)

Key Ideas

As this video progresses, key ideas will be introduced to invoke discussion.

Key Ideas

Think about the following questions as you watch the video

  1. 01:58 How was Paris in 1750 a ‘contradiction’?
  2. 04:05 How was the encyclopedia also representative of this contradiction?
  3. 06:12 What political and national revolutions does the video connect to the philosophes and their encyclopedia?
  4. 08:14 Why, according to the video, did some “enlightened monarchs” and aristocrats support this work?
  5. 12:22 Why was the encyclopedia so controversial?