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Denis Diderot

Dátum narodenia: 5. október 1713
Dátum úmrtia: 31. júl 1784

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Denis Diderot bol francúzsky filozof, estetik a spisovateľ, jeden z popredných osvietencov encyklopedistov, hlavný redaktor encyklopédie Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers.

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„Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.“

— Denis Diderot
Context: There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge available to us: observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination. Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common. No. 15

„Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control.“

— Denis Diderot
Context: As for our celebrated lawgivers, who have cast us in our present awkward mold, you may be sure that they have acted to serve their interests and not ours. Witness all our political, civil, and religious institutions — examine them thoroughly: unless I am very much mistaken, you will see how, through the ages, the human race has been broken to the halter that a handful of rascals were itching to impose. Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control. "Supplement to Bougainville's Voyage" (1796) Variant translation: Never allow yourselves to forget that it is for their own sakes and not for yours that all those wise lawgivers have forced you into your present unnatural and rigid molds. And as evidence of this, I need only produce all our political, civil, and religious institutions. Examine them thoroughly, and either I am very much mistaken or you will find that mankind has been forced to bow, century after century, beneath a mere handful of scoundrels has conspired, in ever age, to impose upon it. Beware of the man who wants to set things in order. Setting things in order always involves acquiring mastery over others — by tying them hand and foot. As translated by Derek Coleman, in Diderot's Selected Writings (1966)

„How old the world is! I walk between two eternities...“

— Denis Diderot
Context: How old the world is! I walk between two eternities... What is my fleeting existence in comparison with that decaying rock, that valley digging its channel ever deeper, that forest that is tottering and those great masses above my head about to fall? I see the marble of tombs crumbling into dust; and yet I don’t want to die! Salon of 1767 (1798), Oeuvres esthétiques <!-- p. 644 -->

„There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge available to us: observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation.“

— Denis Diderot
Context: There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge available to us: observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination. Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common. No. 15

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