The Invention of the World: Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely, Part 1

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French philosopher Denis Diderot was one of a small group of 18th-century thinkers who began to explore a radical new way of thinking about all knowledge. Fear of prison kept Diderot from publishing much in his own lifetime, apart from his magisterial Encyclopédie, which proposed a new way of organizing everything we know and experience. Part one of a two-part series: producer Philip Coulter goes on a walk around Diderot's Paris with philosophy professor and historian, Sophie Audidière. Part 2 airs Monday, June 18.

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