Dramatic Experiments: Life According to Diderot (SUNY Series in Contemporary French Thought (Hardcover))


A significant new interpretation of the philosophical importance of the oeuvre of Denis Diderot.

Dramatic Experiments offers a complete learn of Denis Diderot, one of many key figures of eu modernity. Diderot was once a French Enlightenment thinker, dramatist, paintings critic, and editor of the 1st significant sleek encyclopedia. he's identified for having made lasting contributions to a few fields, yet his physique of labor is taken into account too dispersed and multiform to be unified. Eyal Peretz locates the team spirit of Diderot's pondering in his trouble of 2 innovations in sleek philosophy: drama and the picture. Diderot's philosophical theater challenged the paintings of Plato and Aristotle, inaugurating a line of drama theorists that culminated within the 20th century with Bertolt Brecht and Antonin Artaud. His curiosity within the inventive photograph became him into the 1st nice smooth theorist of portray and maybe the main influential artwork critic of modernity. With those techniques, Diderot provokes a rethinking of significant philosophical difficulties with regards to lifestyles, the senses, background, and visual appeal and fact, and extra greatly a rethinking of the relation among philosophy and the humanities. Peretz exhibits Diderot to be a thorough philosopher good sooner than his time, whose philosophical attempt bears comparability to initiatives resembling Gilles Deleuze's transcendental empiricism, Martin Heidegger's primary ontology, Jacques Derrida's deconstruction, and Jacques Lacan's psychoanalysis.

Eyal Peretz is Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana college Bloomington. he's the writer of Becoming Visionary: Brian De Palma's Cinematic schooling of the Senses and of Literature, catastrophe, and the Enigma of energy: A analyzing of Moby-Dick.

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