Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Denis Diderot" by Charles T. Wolfe and J.B. Shank

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Primary Sources

Diderot’s Works

  • [DPV] Œuvres complètes, Herbert Dieckmann, Jacques Proust, and Jean Varloot (eds.), 33 volumes planned, 25 done; Paris: Hermann, 1975–.
  • Correspondance, G. Roth (ed.), 9 vols. Paris: Éditions de Minuit, 1955–1970.
  • [Enc.] Encyclopédie des arts et des métiers, 35 vols., with J. D’Alembert (eds.), Paris: Briasson, 1751–1780. Reprint, Stuttgart/Bad Cannstatt: Frommann, 1966. Different online versions exist, from Lexilogos to the more official ARTFL project and the new ENCRRE project. (Scholar)

Chronology of Writings

  • 1744, translation of Temple Stanyan, Histoire de Grèce
  • 1744–1748, translation of Robert James, Dictionnaire universel de médecine (in 6 volumes)
  • 1745, translation and commentary on Shaftesbury, Essai sur le mérite et la vertu
  • 1746, Pensées philosophiques (Additions written 1762, published 1770)
  • 1747, Promenade du sceptique
  • 1748, Mémoires de mathématiques (including on acoustics)
  • [BI] –––, Les Bijoux indiscrets
  • 1749, Lettre sur les aveugles
  • [LSM] 1750, Lettre sur les sourds et les muets (revised and published 1751) (Scholar)
  • –––, “Prospectus” of the Encyclopédie (Scholar)
  • 1751, Encyclopédie begins to appear (35 vols., 1751–1780)
  • –––, article “Âme” (additions by Diderot)
  • 1752, Suite de l’Apologie de l’Abbé de Prades (Scholar)
  • [IN] 1753, Pensées sur l’interprétation de la nature / De l’interprétation de la nature; new edition in 1754 (Scholar)
  • 1755, articles “Droit naturel”, “Encyclopédie”, “Epicurisme” (Scholar)
  • 1756, Letter to Landois (on determinism)
  • 1757(–1760), Cours de chimie de Mr Rouelle (Diderot’s notes from the three years he attended Rouelle’s chemistry lectures at the Jardin du Roi) (Scholar)
  • 1758, Sur “De l’Esprit” d’Helvétius (Scholar)
  • [DPD] –––, Discours de la poésie dramatique
  • 1759, Letter to Sophie Volland (on materialism, generation and love)
  • 1760, La Religieuse
  • 1761, first draft of the Neveu de Rameau
  • 1762, “Lui et Moi” (short story, embryo of Neveu de Rameau)
  • 1763, Salon de 1763
  • [EP] 1765?, Diderot begins the Eléments de physiologie (apparently unfinished, revised as late as 1780)
  • 1765, articles including “Hobbisme”, “Leibnizianisme”, “Locke” and “Spinosiste” in the volumes of the Encyclopédie that appeared all together in this year (Scholar)
  • 1766, Diderot begins work on the Histoire des deux Indes (pub. 1770)
  • –––, Essais sur la peinture
  • 1767, second draft of the Neveu de Rameau
  • [SA] –––, Salon de 1767 (including the “promenade Vernet”)
  • 1768, probable collaboration on a translation of Lucretius’ De rerum natura (by Lagrange, which Diderot later disavowed) (Scholar)
  • [RA] 1769, Le Rêve de D’Alembert (Scholar)
  • [PC] –––, Paradoxe sur le comédien
  • [PPMM] 1770, Principes philosophiques sur la matière et le mouvement; Additions aux Pensées philosophiques (Scholar)
  • –––, Diderot/Raynal, Histoire philosophique et politique des Deux Indes
  • [JLF] 1771, Diderot begins to write Jacques le fataliste (–1778)
  • 1772, two editions of Diderot’s works appear in Amsterdam (one containing Morelly’s Code de la Nature) (Scholar)
  • 1773–1774, Neveu de Rameau (final version)
  • [RH] –––, Réfutation d’Helvétius (revised 1774, 1775) (Scholar)
  • [OH] –––, Observations sur Hemsterhuis
  • –––, Mémoires pour Catherine II
  • 1774, Dialogues & Fragments (between the Rêve and the Éléments de physiologie: see DPV XVII)
  • [ERCN] 1778, Essai sur les règnes de Claude et de Néron (revised 1782) (Scholar)
  • 1784, Naigeon, Mémoires sur la vie et les ouvrages de Diderot (1784–1795)

Other Primary Sources

  • Barbier, Edmond Jean François, 1857, Chronique de la régence et du règne de Louis XV (1718–1763), ou Journal de Barbier, 8 volumes, Paris: Charpentier, 1857. (Scholar)
  • Buffon, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de, 1749–1788, Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière, 36 vols. Paris: Imprimerie Royale. (Scholar)
  • Condillac, Étienne Bonnot de, 1947–1951, Œuvres philosophiques, G. Le Roy (ed.), 3 volumes, Paris: PUF.
  • Goethe, Johan Wolfgang von, 1799, Diderots Versuch über die Mahlerei, in Sämtliche Werke, vol. 10, Kunstschriften II, hrsg. von M. Hecker, Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, 1925. (Scholar)
  • Helvétius, Claude-Arien, 1758 [1988], De l’Esprit, Jacques Moutaux (ed.), (Corpus des Œuvres de philosophie en langue française), Paris: Fayard, 1988. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1758, De L’Esprit, or, Essays on the mind and its several faculties, New York: Burt Franklin, 1970. (Scholar)
  • d’Holbach, Paul Henri Thiry, Baron, 1770/1781 [1990], Système de la Nature ou des lois du monde physique et du monde moral, first edition 1770, 2 vols.. Reprinted Josiane Boulad-Ayoub (ed), (Corpus des Œuvres de philosophie en langue française), Paris: Fayard, 1990. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1774, Le bon sens, ou Idées naturelles opposées aux idées surnaturelles, London: n.p. d’Holbach 1774 available online (Scholar)
  • Hugo, Victor, 1876, Actes et paroles, vol. 7, Paris: J. Hetzel & Co. [Hugo 1876 available online] (Scholar)
  • King, Peter, Lord, 1829, The life of John Locke, with extracts from his correspondence, journals, and common-place books, London: H. Colburn. [King 1829 available online] (Scholar)
  • La Mettrie, Julien Offray de, 1987, Œuvres philosophiques, 2 volumes, Francine Markovits (ed.), (Corpus des Œuvres de philosophie en langue française), Paris: Fayard.
  • Locke, John, 1690 [1975], An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, P.H. Nidditch (ed.), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975. (Scholar)
  • Toland, John, 1704, Letters to Serena, London: B. Lintot. (Scholar)

Secondary Sources

References

Biographies and bibliographical studies of Diderot

  • Adams, David, 2000, Bibliographie des œuvres de Diderot, Ferney-Voltaire: Centre international d’Études du XVIIIe siècle. (Scholar)
  • Korolev, Serguei V., 2014, La Bibliothèque de Diderot, vers une reconstitution, Ferney-Voltaire: Centre international d’Études du XVIIIe siècle. (Scholar)
  • Spear, Frederick A., 1980–1988, Bibliographie de Diderot, 2 vols. Geneva: Droz. (Scholar)
  • Stenger, Gerhardt, 2013, Diderot. Le combattant de la liberté, Paris: Perrin. (Scholar)
  • Trousson, Raymond, 2007, Diderot, (Folio Biographies), Paris: Gallimard. (Scholar)
  • Venturi, Franco, 1939, Giovinezza di Diderot, 1713-1753, unpublished in the original Italian until 1988, Palermo: Sellerio. Translated 1939 to French as La jeunesse de Diderot (de 1713 à 1753), Juliette Bertrand (trans.), Paris: Skira; reprint, Geneva: Slatkine, 1976. (Scholar)
  • Wilson, Arthur M., 1972, Diderot, two volumes, New York: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • The journal Recherches sur Diderot et l’Encyclopédie is dedicated to Diderot and the Encyclopédie, as its name indicates. (Scholar)

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