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I am impressed by the long history of not being published where church and government had an interest in suppressing ideas that did not exult the existing order of human bone brain skewer horizons for having only official contact with enemies for total devastation and hellfire. America was an impressive idea when Denis Diderot died in and then this translation by J. Robert Loy was copyright after Abe Lincoln preserved the Union and was assassinated in To quote what nobody should know: My master, my dear master, you are going to kick against a prick that will prick you the more painfully.


An entertaining encounter with one of the most fascinating men in the history of letters, Denis Diderot, the “philosophe” and encyclopedist. More of a committed intellectual rather than a conceptual philosopher, he was one of the leading personalities of the movement which was the Enlightenment, with its stress on reason, order and individual liberty. Although strongly imbued with the Enlightenment spirit of naturalistic explanation of phenomena and free enquiry, one notices, in “Jacques the Fatalist” that he was veering from the strict faith in reason which distinguished his other colleasguesin favour of a semi-epicurean ethic as he calls reason another of the “whims” of the human race.

The novel raises many questions regarding the nature of free will and necessity: Jacques lives in a universe governed by predetermined laws in which all outcomes are written “up on high” but he acts as though he were free. Some fatalis the antics and stories that transpire with Jacques and the Master provide instances of hilarious, and frequently bawdy, humour.

A man who was ahead of his time, Diderot’s fiction anticipates, in several ways, the “Nouveau Tye of the s and the “postmodern” novels of the s in its highly experimental approach to narrative techniques. Sharp-eyed exegetes will also detect pasages that reveal him to be a proto-ecologist, a forerunner of the hhe behind modern linguistics and a man whose insights uncannily presaged some of the formulations of the science of sociolgy e.


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