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Diderot does draw conclusions, but in some cases the fascination of the problem seems more important for him than the solution.
I promised at the outset that there would be in this study none of the sense of doom found in Samuel Beckett’s use of the term ‘endgame’. It is a promise I have not kept. It is true that the playfulness of Diderot’s endings is one of their most attractive figures, but we have been struck by the presence in so many of these conclusions of the theme of death, whether explicitly or by implication. Diderot well appreciated the flux of nature, the fact that opinions can change, that stories end but life goes on. All endings are contingent but one: for the atheist, the last word will always go to death.
Derek Connon, Diderot’s endgames, Peter Lang, 2002