Political Theory

Encyclopedic Liberty: Individual, Society and State in Diderot’s “Dictionary”


This conference explored the meaning of liberty as articulated by the main authors of the Encyclopédie. To this end, we examined writings on legislation, institutional design, economic policy, citizen rights and duties, and mores and civil society. The majority of the conference readings were drawn from the Liberty Fund publication, Encyclopedic Liberty.


Conference Readings

Diderot and D'Alembert. "Encyclopedic Liberty: Political Articles in the Dictionary of Diderot and D' Alembert." NA, NA, 2009.

Diderot, Denis. The Encyclopedia, Selections. Edited by Stephen J. Gendzier. Translated by Stephen J. Gendzier. New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1967.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. The Social Contract and other Later Political Writings. Edited by Victor Gourevitch. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.