Kafker, Frank A. “Some Observations
on Five Interpretations of the ‘Encyclopédie.’” Diderot Studies, vol. 23, Librairie Droz, 1988, pp. 85–100. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/40372642.
Kafker notes that there are five leading ways in which the Encyclopédie can be interpreted and for each he finds relevant scholarship and provides observations on its origins and perspectives. The interpretations Kafker analyzes are “Detestable” (epitomized by the Père Berthier and Élie Fréron), “Admirable” (a way to learn, a perspective taken by scholars Pierre Grosclaude and John Lough), “Masonic” (analyzes the possible masonic influences), “Bourgeois” (the role of the Encyclopédie as a spokesman and part of the bourgeoisie), and “Work of a Sect” (Were the Encyclopedists a unified whole? Did they want agreement?).
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Main Classification: Interpretations
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