Diderot contributed regularly to the periodical Correspondence littéraire and can be regarded the first professional art critic.
Among his many works are Philosophical writings Le Rêve de d'Alembert (written 1769, published 1830; "D'Alembert's Dream").
His role as editor of a work of momentous proportions did not stop Diderot from publishing original work himself.
He contributed a large number of articles to the Encyclopédie, particularly on the history of philosophy, social theory and aesthetics under the entries Eclectisme ("Eclecticism"), Droit Naturel ("Natural Law") and Beau ("The Beautiful").
Diderot was the founder and editor of the "Encyclopedie", a novelist, a philosopher and an active proponent of democratic ideals.
His "Letter on the Blind" is essential reading for anyone interested in Enlightenment philosophy or eighteenth-century literature.This is a new reading and translation, the first into English since the eighteenth-century, of Diderot's "Letter on the Blind for Use by the Sighted"."Blindness and Enlightenment" presents a reading and translation of Diderot's "Letter on the Blind for Use by the Sighted" (the first translation into English since the eighteenth-century).The project soon expanded into what was to become Diderot's life achievement.When the translation arrangements ran into difficulties Diderot began to devise his own plan of an encyclopaedia as a medium for radical and revolutionary ideas.Little is known about Diderot's life during the next ten years.He was obviously more interested in literature, philosophy and the sciences than law, considered a theatrical and a church career but survived through teaching and writing sermons for missionaries on demand.It was essentially the same idea followed by Louis Braille a century later.But for Diderot it was also an example of the idea of survival through adaptation, and his materialist atheism got him into prison for three months.It appears that as a young man Diderot underwent a religious crisis.In 1741 he had established a friendship with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and when he surfaced into prominence in 1745 he had moved from Catholicism through deism to atheism and become a major proponent of philosophical materialism.