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French Denis DIDEROT

French philosopher, art critic, and writer

Born: on October 05, 1713 in Langres, France
Died: on July 31, 1784 in Paris, France


Denis Diderot was born in Langres, Champagne, and began his formal education at the jesuitic Collège jésuite in Langres.

His parents were Didier Diderot (1675–1759) a cutler, maître coutelier and his wife Angélique Vigneron (1677–1748). Three of five siblings survived to adulthood, Denise Diderot (1715–1797) and their youngest brother Pierre-Didier Diderot (1722–1787), and finally their sister Angélique Diderot (1720–1749). Diderot and all of the siblings had a smooth way with the females and enjoyed their presence quite often.

In 1732 he earned a master of arts degree in philosophy. Then he entered the Collège d'Harcourt in Paris. He abandoned the idea of entering the clergy and decided instead to study law. His study of law was short-lived however and in 1734 Diderot decided to become a writer. Because of his refusal to enter one of the learned professions, he was disowned by his father, and for the next ten years he lived a bohemian existence.

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