Denis Diderot, (born October 5, 1713, Langres, France—died July 31, 1784, Paris), French man of letters and philosopher who, from 1745 to 1772, served as chief editor of the Encyclopédie, one of the principal works of the Age of Enlightenment.

Denis Diderot was een richtingbepalende figuur van de Franse verlichting en was met Jean le Rond d'Alembert de uitgever van de monumentale uit 28 delen bestaande 'Encyclopédie'.

Denis Diderot was born, the son of a cutler, in Langres in Champagne on 5 October 1713, and died in Paris on 31 July 1784. Denis Diderot was a writer, philosopher and art critic during the Enlightenment and shared many similar views with other thinkers of the period. He is one of the most original figures of the French Enlightenment, and also, in some ways, one of the most intriguing. Denis Diderot (October 5, 1713 – July 31, 1784) was a French philosopher and writer, a prominent figure in what became known as the Enlightenment, and the editor-in-chief of the famous, Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers.

Denis Diderot’s most popular book is Jacques the Fatalist. Encyclopedie De eerste uitgave van de encyclopedie van Diderot en D'Alembert verscheen in 1751. During his career, Diderot moved from Roman Catholicism to deism, atheism, and finally, philosophic materialism.

Diderot's ideas, however, were more progressive than those of most of his contemporaries. Denis Diderot has 464 books on Goodreads with 48869 ratings. Denis Diderot, 1713–84 was born in Langres, in eastern France, into a cutler’s family, In the 1740s, he lived mainly by translating several works, the most important of which was the Earl of Shaftesbury’s Inquiry Concerning Virtue and Merit (1745), a seminal work of sentimentalist moral theory.

Asserting that the critic cannot separate a work of literature from the artist and the artist's historical milieu, Sainte-Beuve regarded an author's life and character as integral to the composition of his work. Criticism about: Denis Diderot (1713-1784), also known as: Pantophile Diderot [Sainte-Beuve is considered the foremost French literary critic of the nineteenth century.