Denis Diderot: (entry on) Encyclopedia

14 October 2019


In truth, the aim of an encyclopedia is to collect all the knowledge that lies scattered over the face of the earth, to make known its general structure to men among whom we live, and to transmit it to those who will come after us, in order that the labors of past ages may be useful to the ages to come, that our grandsons, as they become better educated, may at the same time become more virtuous and more happy, and that we may not die without having deserved well of the human race.

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