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Rameau's Nephew and D'Alembert's Dream (Penguin Classics) Paperback – October 28, 1976
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Taking the philosophical dialogue form as its structure, the book presents an extremely vivid conversation (often sublime, sometimes crude) between 'I', a philosopher presumably based on Diderot himself , and 'He', Rameau, the nephew of a famous musician in France around the middle of the eighteenth-century. The philosopher represents many of the best aspects of the 'enlightenment' - honesty, hard work, patriotism, concern for his fellow-man, while Rameau is precisely the opposite - he is a sponger, a parasite who lives off - when he can - the rich and corrupt members of society, utterly disdaining work (though he has intelligence, some musical gifts and a near-supernatural talent for mimicry and impersonation) unless driven to it by imminent starvation. He throws away his self-respect to toady to the idle bourgeois who keep him in funds, food and clothing, only occasionally letting his true feelings be seen.Read more ›
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Rare find! Thanks for the fast shipping! Another addition to my collection.Published 11 days ago by BLACKHAMMER
Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was a French philosopher who was one of the leading figures of the Enlightenment, and was co-founder (along with d'Alembert), chief editor and contributor... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steven H Propp
These two philosophical dialogues by Diderot may originally have been written for the author's amusement with no publication in mind. Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by Steven Davis
This was very challenging, having a little bit of ADHD did not help. I never got the point, I think it's just over my head.Published on February 26, 2014 by M F Pierce
Denis Diderot was a man misplaced for the age. Living in the 1700s he was restricted to voicing his opinions about science, life, sex, and social relations because of the... Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by FicktionPhotography
In the manner of many classics before, the work is written in dialogue form, where a philosopher surprised hear all the stories Rameau's Nephew. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Eric Mascarin Perigault
These two works, written in the 1760s, are brought together here in a translation by Leonard Tancock for publication in the Penguin Classics series. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by Dr. H. A. Jones