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Crocker, Lester G.

Works: 106 works in 460 publications in 6 languages and 11,550 library holdings
Genres: Essays  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  Fiction  Records and correspondence  Bildungsromans  Novels  Philosophical fiction  Satirical literature 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Honoree, Other, Author of introduction, Translator, Adapter
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Most widely held works about Lester G Crocker
Most widely held works by Lester G Crocker
Diderot's chaotic order; approach to synthesis by Lester G Crocker( )

20 editions published between 1974 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Because of its fragmentary, evolving, exploratory, and dialectical character, Diderot's thought has continuously resisted overall synthesis. In the ideas of "order" and "disorder," ideas important in all of eighteenth-century thought, Lester G. Crocker finds the key to an outline of a structure that leads to a genuine synthesis of Diderot's writings on philosophy, morality, politics, and aesthetics. The tensions in Diderot's thought, Professor Crocker shows, reflect his understanding of reality itself--paradoxically, an anarchic order, a dynamic universe governed by laws but always changing in a chaotic way. The book examines Diderot's approach to aesthetics as a human ordering response to the world, and his approach to morals and politics as practical ways of dealing with the problems of order and disorder in the context of life in society. In light of the concepts of order and disorder, the inextricable associations of all of these realms of thought in Diderot's work become clear, and a unity is perceived. Since the problem of order and disorder was fundamental to an age faced with the dissolution of the Christian view of cosmic order, this novel approach to Diderot's work suggests new ways of understanding the Enlightenment as a whole. Originally published in 1974. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Jean-Jacques Rousseau by Lester G Crocker( Book )

7 editions published in 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author carefully examines the development of the controversial French philosopher's personality and work up to his break away from the other advocates of reason during the great age of European Enlightenment
An age of crisis : man and world in eighteenth century French thought by Lester G Crocker( Book )

49 editions published between 1959 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The age of enlightenment. by Lester G Crocker( Book )

23 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nature and culture; ethical thought in the French enlightenment by Lester G Crocker( Book )

16 editions published between 1963 and 1993 in English and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rousseau's Social contract : an interpretive essay by Lester G Crocker( Book )

18 editions published between 1966 and 1971 in 3 languages and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diderot, the embattled philosopher by Lester G Crocker( Book )

16 editions published between 1954 and 1966 in English and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a philosopher Diderot speculated on free will and held a completely materialistic view of the universe; he suggested all human behavior is determined by heredity. He therefore warned his fellow philosophers against an overemphasis on mathematics and against the blind optimism that sees in the growth of physical knowledge an automatic social and human progress. He rejected the Idea of Progress. In his opinion, the aim of progressing through technology was doomed to fail. He founded his philosophy on experiment and the study of probabilities. He wrote several articles and supplements concerning gambling, mortality rates, and inoculation against smallpox for the Encyclopédie
Diderot's selected writings by Denis Diderot( Book )

7 editions published in 1966 in English and Undetermined and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty-six selections covering the whole range of human concern, from metaphysics to sex
Skills and techniques for reading French by Louise Cleret Seibert( Book )

12 editions published between 1958 and 1973 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emphasizes reading for understanding, rather than reading for translation
Larousse's French-English, English-French dictionary : two volumes in one by Marguerite-Marie Dubois( Book )

12 editions published between 1954 and 1976 in English and French and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains 35,000 vocabulary entries alphabetically arranged and keys to proper pronunciation in both English and French
The embattled philosopher; a biography of Denis Diderot by Lester G Crocker( Book )

15 editions published between 1954 and 1955 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The social contract ; and, Discourse on the origin of inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau( Book )

20 editions published between 1967 and 1977 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work presents two of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's most popular and influencial works The Social Contract and Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men. These works discuss a human state of nature and political community
Enlightenment studies in honour of Lester G. Cocker( Book )

10 editions published in 1979 in 3 languages and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Diderot studies: ethics and esthetics by Lester G Crocker( Book )

11 editions published between 1952 and 1998 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthologie de la littérature française du XVIIIe sìecle by Lester G Crocker( Book )

4 editions published in 1972 in Undetermined and French and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Histoire d'une revanche by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

5 editions published in 1963 in French and English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra( )

3 editions published in 1958 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le fils du fauconnier by Amédée Achard( Book )

4 editions published in 1963 in French and Spanish and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Candide by Voltaire( Book )

8 editions published between 1958 and 1977 in French and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this philosophical fantasy, naive Candide sees and suffers such misfortune that he ultimately rejects the philosophy of his tutor Doctor Pangloss, who claims that "all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds." Candide and his companions--Pangloss, his beloved Cunegonde, and his servant Cacambo--display an instinct for survival that provides them hope in an otherwise somber setting. When they all retire together to a simple life on a small farm, they discover that the secret of happiness is to "cultivate one's garden," a practical philosophy that excludes idealism and nebulous metaphysics
Selected essays by Michel de Montaigne( Book )

6 editions published between 1959 and 1990 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At head of title: Michel de Montaigne
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Alternative Names
Crocker L.G.

Crocker Lester G.

Crocker, Lester Gilbert

Crocker, Lester Gilbert 1912-2002