publication . Doctoral thesis . Review . 2015

The forgotten encyclopedia : the Maurists' dictionary of arts, crafts, and sciences, the unrealized rival of the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert

Maria Simonsen;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Umeå universitet, Institutionen för idé- och samhällsstudier
  • Country: Sweden
In mid-eighteenth century Paris, two Benedictine monks from the Congregation of Saint-Maur – also known as the Maurists – started compiling a universal dictionary of arts, crafts, and sciences. The project was initiated simultaneously with what would become one of the most famous literary enterprises in Western intellectual history: the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d’Alembert. The latter started as an augmented translation of Ephraim Chambers’s Cyclopaedia, but it was constructed with another French dictionary as its ideological counterpart: the Jesuits’ Dictionnaire de Trévoux. While the Encyclopédie eventually turned into a controversial but successful best-sel...
free text keywords: the congregation of Saint-Maur, the Maurists, Dom Antoine-Joseph Pernety, the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d’Alembert, the Dictionnaire de Trévoux, history of science and ideas, history of encyclopedism, history of Monasticism, history of the book, the French Enlightenment, classification and organization of knowledge, Eighteenth-Century sciences and arts, microhistory, History of Ideas, Idé- och lärdomshistoria, History
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