Boston Book Festival 2020 Boston Book Festival 2020

Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely

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Andrew S. Curran
Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely

Andrew S. Curran, the William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities at Wesleyan University, is a scholar of eighteenth-century France as well as a nonfiction writer. He is the author of three books, including the recent Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely, which was named one of the best biographies of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews. Curran’s journalistic writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. He is a fellow in the history of medicine at the New York Academy of Medicine and a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques.

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Jim Windolf is the media editor of the New York Times. Before joining the Times in 2015, he published news articles, essays, profiles, and reviews in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, the New York Observer, and other publications. His short fiction has appeared in Ontario Review, Five Dials, Sonora Review, and other literary journals.


Award-winning historian and professor Andrew S. Curran, author of Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely (out in paperback  from Other Press this October), will discuss the life and work of the Enlightenment philosopher and consummate atheist Denis Diderot. Curran will appear in conversation with Jim Windolf, the media editor of the New York Times. Their discussion aims to offer insight into the ways Diderot’s teachings might be ruminated on in current times and will highlight why this eighteenth-century thinker is more relevant than ever. Sponsored by Other Press.