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Jacques the fatalist and his master

Author: Denis Diderot; David Coward
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2008]
Series: Oxford world's classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Jacques the Fatalist is Diderot's answer to the problem of existence. If human beings are determined by their genes and their environment, how can they claim to be free to want or do anything? Where are Jacques and his Master going? Are they simply occupying space, living mechanically until they die, believing erroneously that they are in charge of their Destiny? Diderot intervenes to cheat our expectations of what  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Denis Diderot; David Coward
ISBN: 9780199537952 019953795X
OCLC Number: 282547944
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xxxix, 258 pages ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Oxford world's classics.
Other Titles: Jacques le fataliste et son maître.
Responsibility: Denis Diderot ; translated with an introduction by David Coward.

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"Jacques the Fatalist is Diderot's answer to the problem of existence. If human beings are determined by their genes and their environment, how can they claim to be free to want or do anything? Where are Jacques and his Master going? Are they simply occupying space, living mechanically until they die, believing erroneously that they are in charge of their Destiny? Diderot intervenes to cheat our expectations of what fiction should be and do, and behaves like a provocative, ironic, and unfailingly entertaining master of revels which finally show why Fate is not to be equated with doom." "In the introduction to this new translation, David Coward explains the philosophical basis of Diderot's fascination with Fate and shows why Jacques the Fatalist pioneers techniques of action which, two centuries on, novelists still regard as experimental."--Jacket.

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