Thielemann, Leland. “Diderot’s
Encyclopedic Article on Justice : Its Sources and Significance.”
Diderot Studies, vol. 4, Librairie Droz, 1963, pp. 261–83. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/40372313.
Thielemann claims, from reading
Encyclopédie articles such as “Juste” (“Justice”), that Diderot operated under a veil of “‘materialistic naturalism’” and this quality hence destroyed not only the morality of the Catholic Church, but all morality whatsoever. Thielemann discusses past quotations of the article as well as studies regarding Diderot’s principles and thought on the “‘materialistic naturalism.’” However, Thielemann attempts to prove that Diderot’s article “Juste” is not original and while it contains multiple references to classical texts, it mostly takes its body from a work by the Russian Frédéric-Henri Strube de Piermont. Thielemann provides numerous examples of this supposed plagiarism, and supplements with explanations and analysis of the two texts. However, he assumes (with a moderate amount of skepticism) that Diderot is the author of this anonymous article and admits that there may very well be other sources quoted in the text other than Strube’s.
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Main Classification: Plagiarism
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