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One of the key figures of the French Enlightenment Denis Diderot was a passionate critic of conventional morality society and religion Among his greatest and most well known works these two dialogues are dazzling examples of his radical scientific and philosophical beliefs In Rameau's Neph Rameau's Nephew is an examination of the dilemma of a social hanger on an intellectual near genius who is just short of becoming a great man but who is also a sort of product of a degenerate society who can't manage to rise above the demands of his stomach and so he has to behave in a somewhat craven way He's somewhat short of greatness but he's also somewhat short of complete depravity He has a mind and inclination to become a very talented devil and rogue but yet at the same time he can't become such an out and out rogue because his intellect and self awareness provide him with an unwanted sense of honor and his potential for virtue though he is not a virtuous man is a stumbling block to true success in rogueryThus the text is in part a condemnation of a society that seems geared to producing mediocrities The not great Rameau as opposed to the Great Rameau his well regarded uncle is really painful to see actually because he could and should if the world were virtuous achieve great things Instead he's a talented critic mimic and buffoon with the kind of fatal flaws that will get him alternately invited into and then rejected from society that is the society of the influential wealthy important people who will pay for flattery and and a bit of entertaining witThe text sadly feels a bit like a study that could have been developed into something greater Ironically for me the storydialog seems to be a bit mediocre in its execution We've been introduced to this character and a lot of what goes on in his mind is exposed in his dialogue with I Diderot's assumed avatar within the text who yet serves as a surrogate for the reader than as a mouthpiece for Diderot's own opinions But some of the details which could give this poignancy seem to have been handled in an ambiguous and sketchy manner Some interesting ideas to meditate on are introduced yet seem also to trail off I don't demand that the book reach neat conclusions in everything but there is an overall feeling of incompleteness and indistinctness There is not much to latch on to that feels memorable In fact this was a reread for me and I could hardly remember anything from my first read this may even be my third exposure after a nearly completely forgotten attempt to tackle it a decade agoAnd yet as I was reaching the end of the text I found myself feeling positive about the work It did achieve something in the way of a notable effect It's ambiguous character lack of a firm moral conclusion and effective expression of some of the doubts and frustrations experienced by I and thus probably Diderot felt like something that needed to be written So I can't reject or disdain the work It just didn't have such a profound impact on me or produce such an impressive result as Diderot's Jacues the FatalistThus this may not be a masterwork for Diderot but it has its value for a reader who is interested enough and patient enough to want to explore one of Diderot's sketches and to tell the truth I feel that I will be returning to this once again someday D'Alembert's dream is an extremely ambitious philosophical exercise The author attempts in a relatively short series of dialogues to demonstrate that lifeless matter through natural processes can develop into sentient and intelligent beings wi

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Le rêve de D'AlembertEw the eccentric and foolish nephew of the great composer Jean Philippe Rameau meets Diderot by chance and the two embark on a hilarious consideration of society music literature politics morality and philosophy Its companion piece D'Alembert's Dream outlines a material atheistic view of t Even before reading the Nephew I met him in the theater his dialogue form lending itself wonderfully to the staging and to the twirling and paradoxical ballet of Diderot's ideas to their dizzying dialectic I was very young and this show very successful given in Brussels by the comedy Claude Volter in an old mansion where Diderot and his companion were uoting 10 meters from us in front of a wood fire crystallized my passion for this text and for its authorSince then I have often re read this brilliant aerobatic exercise in which Denis Diderot the philosopher serious and slightly gentrified by age and notoriety meets with a mistrust not without interest or malignant pleasure the young nephew of the musician Rameau a sort of troublemaker a roguish spirit and a provocateur of genius a follower of the most smoking theories on almost anything and ready to disown them to profess other eually absurd ones the next day according to which he was given or refused to eat or drinkEveryone knows that this face to face is also and above all a face to face of Diderot with himself his half protesting apparently reincarnated in the nephew kind of second himself but younger and suddenly freed from all good thinking freed from the wisdom that was to weigh him sometimes Rameau's nephew is a recognizable nominee he was a famous figure of philosophical cafes and chess games and convenient it allows our philosopher to regain impertinence a freedom of tone a nonconformity that shakes a little too serious old man who needs to be tickled a little to think and argueAnd this extraordinary vitality is also the happiness of our reading alacrity if you are looking for a ready to think go your way No lesson no morals all cut to cut according to the dotted line Especially since very subtly things are reversed the one who seemed to profess the most revolutionary ideas is driven by the desire to provoke or to find his sustenance than by a true social vision whereas the philosopher a little plan of the beginning proves to be a great political and moral visionary A dialogue full of surprises pretense false brothers or false twins a real pleasure to read and reread which we come out every time a little less stupid


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Read Le rêve de D'Alembert reader Í Paperback á Denis Diderot ☆ ➹ Le rêve de D'Alembert Download ➾ Author Denis Diderot – One of the key figures of the French Enlightenment Denis Diderot was a passionate critic of conventional morality society and religion Among He universe expressed through the fevered dreams of Diderot's friend D'Alembert Unpublished during his lifetime both of these powerfully controversial works show Diderot to be one of the most advanced thinkers of his age and serve as fascinating testament to the philosopher's wayward geniu Rameau’s Nephew may be the weirdest text I’ve ever read This isn’t the cheap kind of postmodern weird where some authors simply jumble a bunch of random things together and call it a novel This text’s weirdness is far subtle and lies entirely in its completely uniue form The Russian literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin claimed that this book was perhaps the first polyphonic story and I can’t help but agree This text’s polyphony exists already in its strange history The original French text was initially lost and Rameau’s Nephew was first published in German from Goethe’s translation The first French version was in fact a retroactive translation from Goethe’s German text From its very origin the text mixes the voices of the French Diderot and the German Goethe and what a tremendous pair of voices indeedAfter a short introduction where the narrator explains the background of the situation the text continues as a dialogue between the narrator and Rameau’s nephew whose name is also Rameau In this way the book takes the form of a drama designating the narrator as “Me” “ Moi” and Rameau as “Him” “ Lui” I’m no expert on dramatic literature but this is the first time I’ve ever seen the speakers in a drama referred to not only through pronouns but also in the object form The narrator does not even openly take on the role of the subject but rather is placed in the text as a passive actant on the stage Of course a narrative subject exists in every text But in the exchange of objective actants within the novel this narrative subject is completely concealed If as Stanley Fish purports interpretation is discovering the author’s intention then Rameau’s Nephew is a text that is impossible to interpretBut although the narrative voice initially hides itself it erupts into the text again within the speech of the “Him” typographically delineated by parentheticals or italics depending on the published version These mark the moments in which the narrative subject looks for air to breathe as it is gradually overwhelmed by the dramatic dialogue on the stage As the “Him” begins to dominate the “Me” in the dialogue the narrator searches for ways to undermine the “Him” by inserting himself into Rameau’s very voice This is where the text begins to take on the form of a novel as the singular narrative subject attempts to take control of the story As it inserts its own voice into the “Him” it actually begins to explain the speech of the “Him” within its own insertion The subject has carved out his own space within the “Him’s” speech but is actually speaking for the “Him” within this space Therefore what’s going on here is the nest of the “Him’s” speech is being nested within the very narrative subject that the “Him” is nesting This explication is obviously confusing but is also the only proper way of communicating what a total clusterf this text isThe uestion remains open of whether or not this novelistic voice is successful in its attempts at subversion The “Him” continues to dominate the “Me” in the initial narrative frame and the narrative subject within the “Him’s” speech begins to set a stage for a different dramatic dialogue within the space that is