Denis Diderot
D'Alembert's Dream

Translated by Ian Johnston, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Translator's Note

D'Alembert's Dream (Le Rêve D'Alembert) is the title traditionally given to three related dialogues written by Diderot in 1769 but not published until after his death.  The links below are to the French texts and to a newly revised English translation of each dialogue (originally translated in 2002, revised in 2014).

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Links to French Text

Entretien entre M. d'Alembert et M. Diderot 
Le Rêve D'Alembert 
Suite de L'Entretien précédent

Links to English Translation

A Conversation Between D'Alembert and Diderot  
D'Alembert's Dream  
Sequel to the Preceding Conversation