Modern Encyclopedias

Apr 11, 2013

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You may not know it, but that encyclopedia set you grew up with has a radical history.  Published in France in the 1700’s, the original Encyclopédie included 28 volumes with entries written by Voltaire and Rousseau. Its goal was rather lofty: gather the world’s knowledge into one collection and to change how people think; historians link its publication to the French revolution. Since then, there have been several versions of the original from the pedestrian Britannica to crowd-sourced Wikipedia.  And now we have, an open-sourced web site open to any art and activist group who seeks a better vision of society. NYU professor and co-founder of, Stephen Duncombe joins us to discuss the site.