Denis Diderot

1713 - 1784

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Denis Diderot (; French: [dəni did(ə)ʁo]; 5 October 1713 – 31 July 1784) was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer, best known for serving as co-founder, chief editor, and contributor to the Encyclopédie along with Jean le Rond d'Alembert. He was a prominent figure during the Age of Enlightenment.Diderot initially studied philosophy at a Jesuit college, then considered working in the church clergy before briefly studying law. When he decided to become a writer in 1734, his father disowned him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Denis Diderot has received more than 1,696,256 page views. His biography is available in 89 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 87 in 2019). Denis Diderot is the 46th most popular writer (up from 51st in 2019), the 36th most popular biography from France and the 12th most popular French Writer.

Denis Diderot was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He is most famous for his work as a philosopher.

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Among writers, Denis Diderot ranks 46 out of 5,794Before him are Alexandre Dumas, Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, and Giacomo Casanova. After him are Simone de Beauvoir, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gabriel García Márquez, Charles Baudelaire, Aristophanes, and Friedrich Schiller.

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Among people born in 1713, Denis Diderot ranks 1After him are Ferdinand VI of Spain, Laurence Sterne, Alexis Clairaut, Jacques-Germain Soufflot, Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, Junípero Serra, Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, Johann Ludwig Krebs, and Princess Caroline of Great Britain. Among people deceased in 1784, Denis Diderot ranks 1After him are Count of St. Germain, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Samuel Johnson, Giovanni Battista Martini, Junípero Serra, Torbern Bergman, Phillis Wheatley, Otto Friedrich Müller, Princess Friederike Luise of Prussia, César-François Cassini de Thury, and Abraham Trembley.

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In France

Among people born in France, Denis Diderot ranks 36 out of 5,234Before him are Antoine Lavoisier (1743), Stendhal (1783), Alexandre Dumas (1802), Émile Durkheim (1858), Marcel Proust (1871), and Alain Delon (1935). After him are Simone de Beauvoir (1908), Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807), Charles Baudelaire (1821), Auguste Comte (1798), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841), and Coco Chanel (1883).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Denis Diderot ranks 12Before him are Jean-Paul Sartre (1905), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900), Émile Zola (1840), Stendhal (1783), Alexandre Dumas (1802), and Marcel Proust (1871). After him are Simone de Beauvoir (1908), Charles Baudelaire (1821), Gustave Flaubert (1821), Arthur Rimbaud (1854), Charles Perrault (1628), and Romain Rolland (1866).