A group of radical thinkers and writers in France in the eighteenth century, including Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The philosophes stressed the use of human reason and were especially critical of established religious and political practices in France.
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The literary world is divided into three corresponding classes—rudits, philosophes and beaux esprits.
He pours out his contempt on the Parisian philosophes who idealized primitive man and natural virtue.The Long White Cloud|William Pember Reeves
The best dramatists, however, among the immediate followers of the Philosophes were Sedaine and Marmontel.A Short History of French Literature|George Saintsbury
In earnest, if ever man was; as none of these French Philosophes were.
La Harpe was a disciple of the “philosophes”; he supported the extreme party through the excesses of 1792 and 1793.