Cavanaugh, Gerald J. “Turgot and the
‘Encyclopédie.’” Diderot Studies, vol. 10, Librairie Droz, 1968, pp. 23–33. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/40372375.
The main object of Cavanaugh’s article is to determine the reasons why Turgot, a government official supposedly admired by other colleagues, cut ties with the Encyclopédie and ceased contributions. Claiming that the suppression of the Encyclopédie in 1759 was a major reason behind Turgot’s abandonment of the project, Cavanaugh also analyzes other potential explanations such as his religious beliefs and preoccupation with government positions. However, Cavanaugh claims that the most likely reason was that Turgot did not support Claude Adrien Helvétius, whose work De l’esprit was condemned shortly before the Encyclopédie, and was not willing to be a part of a group of Encyclopedists who were seeming to become a more unified sect, rather than a unique society of letters.
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Main Classification: Turgot
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