Research project The history of an abandonned scientific dictionary, compiled by Benedictines in mid-eighteenth-century Paris, parallell to the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d’Alembert.
My PhD thesis explores a hitherto unstudied dictionary of arts, crafts and sciences, compiled in Paris ca.1743-1755 by the Benedictines of the Congregation of Saint-Maur, also known as the Maurists. The project coincided in time with the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert, (1751-1772). However, while the dictionary of the philsophers became known as the most important medium of Enlightenment thought, the Maurists’ project eventually was abanonned and forgotten. I am examining the history and content of the Maurists' dictionary with the purpose of positioning and understanding it in the context of the intellectual activities of the Congregation, the contemporary encyclopedic genre and Enlightenment culture.