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The encyclopédistes were a group of 18th-century writers in France who compiled and wrote the Encyclopédie, edited by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d'Alembert. More than a hundred encyclopédistes have been identified.[1] Many were part of the intellectual group known as the philosophes. They promoted the advancement of science and secular thought and supported tolerance, rationality, and open-mindedness of the Enlightenment. Still, as Frank Kafker has shown, the encyclopédistes were not a unified group, neither in ideology nor social class.[2]

Below some of the contributors are listed in alphabetical order, by the number of articles that they wrote, and by the identifying "signature" by which their contributions were identified in the Encyclopédie.



Number of articles

By letter

In the encyclopédie, the authors are identified by a letter at the end of an article.

  • (A) - Boucher d'Argis
  • (a) - Lenglet Du Fresnoy
  • (B) - Cahusac
  • (b) - Venel
  • (C) - Pestré
  • (c) - Daubenton, le Subdélégué
  • (D) - Goussier
  • (d) - d'Aumont
  • (E) - de La Chapelle
  • (e) - Bourgelat
  • (F) - Dumarsais
  • (f) - de Villiers
  • (G) - Mallet
  • (g) - Barthès
  • (H) - Toussaint
  • (h) - Morellet
  • (I) - Daubenton
  • (K) - d'Argenville
  • (L) - Tarin
  • (M) - Malouin
  • (m) - Ménuret de Chambaud
  • (N) - Vandenesse
  • (O) - d'Alembert
  • (P) - Blondel
  • (Q) - Le Blond
  • (R) - Landois
  • (S) - Rousseau
  • (T) - Le Roy
  • (V) - Eidous
  • (X) - Yvon
  • (Y) - Louis
  • (Z) - Bellin
  • (*) - Diderot
  • (D.J.) - de Jaucourt
  • (—) - d'Holbach
  • (V.D.F.) - Forbonnais
  • (E.R.M.) - Douchet and Beauzée


  1. ^ Frank A. Kafker and Serena Kafker, The Encyclopedists as Individuals: A Biographical Dictionary of the Authors of the Encyclopédie (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 1988).
  2. ^ Frank A. Kafker, The Encyclopedists as a Group: A Collective Biography of the Authors of the Encyclopédie (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 1996).


  1. Author list by frequency
  2. Author list by letter
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