Political Theory

The Ends of Enlightenment: Diderot and Catherine I


This conference focused on the period 1773–74, when Catherine the Great invited Denis Diderot to Russia to converse with her about the interactions of Enlightenment ideas with absolutism.


Conference Readings

Diderot, Denis. Rameau’s Nephew and Other Works. Edited by Jacques Barzun. Translated by Jacques Barzun. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2001.

Diderot, Denis. Diderot: Political Writings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Diderot, Denis. Mémoires pour Catherine II. Paris: Garnier frères, 1966.

Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat. The Spirit of the Laws. Translated by Anne M. Cohler, Basia Carolyn Miller, and Harold Samuel Stone. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.