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Appeal for an English Edition of Diderot’s Jack the Fatalist

by Josef Weber (a.k.a. William Lunen)


Cover of Contemporary Issues #15 (1953)

Weber article 1 (first 3 pages)

Weber article 2 (next 14 pages)

Weber article 3 (remaining 36 pages)

(Apologies for the clunky and fragmentary copying; I no longer have the original. The article is difficult to read in this online version, but if you print it out it becomes quite readable.)



PDF of Josef Weber’s “Appeal for an English Edition of Diderot’s Jack the Fatalist.” This article appeared in Contemporary Issues: A Magazine for a Democracy of Content #15 (London/New York, July-August 1953). Weber refers extensively to J. Robert Loy’s book Diderot’s Determined Fatalist: A Critical Appreciation of “Jacques the Fatalist” (1950). That book is long out of print and rather difficult to find, but Loy’s excellent translation of Diderot’s book appeared in 1959 (New York University Press) and was reprinted in 1978 (Norton). The latter is also now out of print, but used copies can easily be found online (and there are now also two or three other translations of the book).

For a brief appreciation of Weber and his group, see Josef Weber and Contemporary Issues.

For two other articles by Weber, see The Great Utopia and The Problem of Social Consciousness in Our Time.

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