Synopses & Reviews
Jacques the Fatalist is a provocative exploration of the problems of human existence, destiny, and free will. In the introduction to this brilliant translation, David Coward explains the philosophical basis of Diderot's fascination with fate and examines the experimental and influential literary techniques that make Jacques the Fatalist a classic of the Enlightenment.
If human beings are determined by their genes and their environment, how can they claim to be free to want or do anything? In this work, Diderot intervenes in the characters' lives to cheat our expectations of fiction and to show why Fate is not to be equated with doom.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -258).