But this itself was in great part the effect of reaction against the vague declamation of the philosophes.
His management of home affairs in general satisfied the philosophes.
Great Diderot and philosophes have lain in durance here; great Mirabeau, in disastrous eclipse, for forty-two months.
So it happened that the philosophes as a body were not theoretical sceptics merely but militant atheists.
In earnest, if ever man was; as none of these French philosophes were.
The best dramatists, however, among the immediate followers of the philosophes were Sedaine and Marmontel.
He is best known by his "philosophes Salaris," and died in Rome, 1876.
La Harpe was a disciple of the “philosophes”; he supported the extreme party through the excesses of 1792 and 1793.
Till then we must have charity—which is justice—even for the philosophes of the eighteenth century.
The philosophes desired freedom of thought in religion, constitutional liberty, and the abolition of privilege of all kinds.
"Enlightenment rationalist and skeptic," especially in reference to any of the French Encyclopædists, often disparaging (when used by believers), 1774, from French philosophe, literally "philosopher" (see philosopher). Usually italicized in English, but nativized by Peter Gay ("The Enlightenment," 1966) and others. Also philosophist (1798).