The Atheist's Bible: Diderot's 'Éléments de physiologie' - cover image

Copyright

Caroline Warman

Published On

2020-11-12

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-896-9
Hardback978-1-78374-897-6
PDF978-1-78374-898-3
HTML978-1-80064-610-0
XML978-1-78374-901-0
EPUB978-1-78374-899-0
MOBI978-1-78374-900-3

Language

  • English

Print Length

442 pages (x+432)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 31 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.21" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 35 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.38" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1838g (64.83oz)
Hardback2241g (79.05oz)

Media

Illustrations13

OCLC Number

1222933113

LCCN

2019394572

BIC

  • HP
  • DSB
  • DN
  • 3J

BISAC

  • PHI000000
  • LIT004150
  • LIT024030

LCC

  • B825

Keywords

  • Diderot
  • philosophy
  • man
  • matter
  • mind
  • body
  • emotion
  • perception
  • human
  • soul
  • materialism
  • nature
  • Naigeon
  • Enlightenment
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The Atheist's Bible

Diderot's 'Éléments de physiologie'

  • Caroline Warman (author)
‘Love is harder to explain than hunger, for a piece of fruit does not feel the desire to be eaten’: Denis Diderot’s Éléments de physiologie presents a world in flux, turning on the relationship between man, matter and mind. In this late work, Diderot delves playfully into the relationship between bodily sensation, emotion and perception, and asks his readers what it means to be human in the absence of a soul.

The Atheist’s Bible challenges prevailing scholarly views on Diderot’s Éléments, asserting its contemporary philosophical importance, and prompting its readers to inspect more closely this little-known and little-studied work. This book is accompanied by a digital edition of Jacques-André Naigeon’s Mémoires historiques et philosophiques sur la vie et les ouvrages de Denis Diderot (1823), a work which, Warman argues, represents the first publication of Diderot’s Éléments, long before its official publication date of 1875.

The Atheist’s Bible constitutes a major contribution to the field of Diderot studies, and will be of further interest to scholars and students of materialist natural philosophy in the Age of Enlightenment and beyond.


Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
1. Introduction: The Curious Materialist

Caroline Warman


2. ‘Toutes les imperfections de l’inachèvement’: The Mystification about the Manuscript Fragments

Caroline Warman


3. Material World and Embodied Mind

Caroline Warman


4. Diderot the Physiologist

Caroline Warman


5. 1790: Naigeon and the Adresse à l’Assemblée nationale

Caroline Warman


6. 1792: Naigeon’s Article on ‘Diderot’ in the Encyclopédie méthodique: Philosophie ancienne et moderne

Caroline Warman


7. 1794: ‘Le citoyen Garron’, the Comité d’instruction publique, and the Lost Manuscript of the Éléments de physiologie

Caroline Warman


8. 1794–95: Garat and the École normale

Caroline Warman


9. 1796–97: Cabanis and Destutt de Tracy at the Institut national

Caroline Warman


10. 1798, 1802: Naigeon, the OEuvres de Diderot, and the Censored Preface to Montaigne

Caroline Warman


11. 1820: Garat’s Mémoires historiques sur la vie de M. Suard, sur ses écrits, et sur le XVIIIe siècle

Caroline Warman


12. 1823: Naigeon’s Mémoires historiques et philosophiques sur la vie et les ouvrages de Denis Diderot

Caroline Warman


13. Conclusion

Caroline Warman


Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Index

Contributors

Caroline Warman

(author)
Lecturer in French at University of Oxford