Discours Preliminaire

Ann Thomson, Julien Offray de La Mettrie. Critical edition of Discours sur le bonheur , Studies on Voltaire , CXXXIV ( 1975 ) Fontius , Martin , “ Der Tod eines ' Philosophe ' : Unbekannte Nachrufe auf La Mettrie " , Beiträge zur ...


Author: Ann Thomson

Publisher: Librairie Droz

ISBN: 2600035850

Category: Atheism

Page: 278

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The Cambridge History of Eighteenth century Philosophy

26 The philosophes reacted very strongly to La Mettrie , especially Diderot and Voltaire ( see Julien Offray de La Mettrie , Discours sur le bonheur , ed . J. F. Falvey ( Banbury , 1975 ) , 91-8 ) . In spite of this , there are deep ...


Author: Knud Haakonssen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521867428

Category: Philosophy

Page: 1407

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This two-volume set presents a comprehensive and up-to-date history of eighteenth-century philosophy. The subject is treated systematically by topic, not by individual thinker, school, or movement, thus enabling a much more historically nuanced picture of the period to be painted.

Localizing the Moral Sense

Falvey, J., Julien Offray de La Mettrie: Discours sur le bonheur: Critical edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975, originally appeared under volume cxxxiv in the series Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 1975).


Author: Jan Verplaetse

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402063229

Category: Science

Page: 292

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Due to the current revolution in brain research the search for the “moral brain” became a serious endeavour. Nowadays, neural circuits that are indispensable for moral and social behaviour are discovered and the brains of psychopaths and criminals - the classical anti-heroes of morality - are scanned with curiosity, even enthusiasm. How revolutionary this current research might be, the quest for a localisable ethical centre or moral organ is far from new. The moral brain was a recurrent theme in the works of neuroscientists during the 19th and 20th century. From the phrenology era to the encephalitis pandemic in the 1920s a wide range of European and American scientists (neurologists, psychiatrists, anthropologists and criminologists) speculated about and discussed the location of a moral sense in the human cortex. Encouraged by medical discoveries and concerned by terrifying phenomena like crime or “moral insanity” (psychopathy) even renowned and outstanding neurologists, including Moritz Benedikt, Paul Flechsig, Arthur Van Gehuchten, Oskar Vogt or Constantin von Monakow, had the nerve to make their speculations public. This book presents the first overview of believers and disbelievers in a cerebral seat of human morality, their positions and arguments and offers an explanation for these historical attempts to localise our moral sense, in spite of the massive disapproving commentary launched by colleagues.

Fiction and the Philosophy of Happiness

Julien Offray de La Mettrie, Discours sur le bonheur, ed. John Falvey, SVEC 134 (1975). An abridged English translation of La Mettrie's treatise is available under the title Anti-Seneca or the Sovereign Good, in Machine Man and Other ...


Author: Brian Michael Norton

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781611484304

Category: History

Page: 159

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This book examines the eighteenth-century novel in the context of emerging theories of happiness in early Enlightenment Europe. This important and richly interdisciplinary book offers both a new understanding of the cultural work the eighteenth-century novel performed, as well as an original interpretation of the Enlightenment s ethical legacy."

Wicked Company

Julien Offray de la Mettrie, Discours sur le bonheur, ed. John Falvey, Critical Edition (Banbury: Voltaire Foundation, 1975), 160. CHAPTER 3 1. All quotations from Bayle's Dictionnaire are from Pierre Bayle, Historical and Critical ...


Author: Philipp Blom

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780297858201

Category: History

Page: 416

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Dazzling recreation of the world of radical free-thinkers in 18th-century France From the 1750s to the 1770s, the Paris salon of Baron d'Holbach was an epicenter of debate, intellectual daring and revolutionary ideas, uniting around one table vivid personalities from Denis Diderot, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, the radical ex-priest Guillaume Raynal, the Italian Count Beccaria and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who later turned against his friends. It was a moment of astonishing racicalism in European thought, so uncompromising and bold that it was viciously opposed by rival philosophers such as Voltaire and the turncoat Rousseau, and finally suppressed by Robespierre and his Revolutionary henchmen. In Wicked Company, acclaimed historian Philipp Blom retraces the fortunes and characters of this exceptional group of friends and brings to life their startling ideas, largely forgotten by historians. Brilliant minds full of wit, courage and humanity, their thinking created a different and radical French Enlightenment based on atheism, passion, empathy and a compellingly insightful perspective on society. Their ideas force us to confront the debates about our own society and its future with new eyes.

Without End

Epigraph: Julien Offray de La Mettrie, Discours sur le bonheur, ed. John Falvey (Banbury: Voltaire Foundation, 1975), 195. 1 The reference to Spinoza only occurs in passing and Intoxication: The Nature of Influence.


Author: William S. Allen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501337611

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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The reputation of the Marquis de Sade is well-founded. The experience of reading his works is demanding to an extreme. Violence and sexuality appear on almost every page, and these descriptions are interspersed with extended discourses on materialism, atheism, and crime. In this bold and rigorous study William S. Allen sets out the context and implications of Sade's writings in order to explain their lasting challenge to thought. For what is apparent from a close examination of his works is the breadth of his readings in contemporary science and philosophy, and so the question that has to be addressed is why Sade pursued these interests by way of erotica of the most violent kind. Allen shows that Sade's interests lead to a form of writing that seeks to bring about a new mode of experience that is engaged in exploring the limits of sensibility through their material actualization. In common with other Enlightenment thinkers Sade is concerned with the place of reason in the world, a place that becomes utterly transformed by a materialism of endless excess. This concern underlies his interest in crime and sexuality, and thereby puts him in the closest proximity to thinkers like Kant and Diderot, but also at the furthest extreme, in that it indicates how far the nature and status of reason is perverted. It is precisely this materialist critique of reason that is developed and demonstrated in his works, and which their reading makes persistently, excessively, apparent.

Psychologization and the Subject of Late Modernity

(1975). Julien Offray De La Mettrie. Discours sur le bonheur. Oxford: The Voltaire Foundation at the Taylor Institution. Faure, E. (1972). Learning to be: The world of education today and tomorrow. Paris: UNESCO. Feest, U. (2008).


Author: Jan De Vos

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137269225

Category: Social Science

Page: 189

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Jan De Vos's second book on psychologization argues that psychology IS psychologization, a phenomenon traced back from Late-Modernity to the Enlightenment. Engaging with seminal thinkers such La Mettrie, Husserl, Lasch and Agamben, the book teases out the limits of psychoanalysis as a critical tool.

Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century

John Falvey : The aesthetics of La Mettrie 87 ( 1972 ) 397-479 Julien Offray de La Mettrie : Discours sur le bonheur , critical edition by John Falvey 134 ( 1975 ) Aram Vartanian : Cabanis and La Mettrie 155 ( 1976 ) 2149-66 Lionel P.


Author: Theodore Besterman


ISBN: UOM:39015073546536

Category: Civilization, Modern

Page: 444

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Emilie du Ch telet between Leibniz and Newton

Jenseits der Maschine: Philosophie, Ironie und Ästhetik bei Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709–1751). München: Hanser. ... Introduction et notes de Maurice Solovine. Paris: Bossard. La Mettrie, J. O. de. 1975. Discours sur le bonheur.


Author: Ruth Hagengruber

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400720939

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Emilie du Châtelet was one of the most influential woman philosophers of the Enlightenment. Her writings on natural philosophy, physics, and mechanics had a decisive impact on important scientific debates of the 18th century. Particularly, she took an innovative and outstanding position in the controversy between Newton and Leibniz, one of the fundamental scientific discourses of that time. The contributions in this volume focus on this "Leibnitian turn". They analyze the nature and motivation of Emilie du Châtelet's synthesis of Newtonian and Leibnitian philosophy. Apart from the Institutions Physiques they deal with Emilie du Châtelet's annotated translation of Isaac Newton's Principia. The chapters presented here collectively demonstrate that her work was an essential contribution to the mediation between empiricist and rationalist positions in the history of science.

Bodies of Thought

La Mettrie, Julien Offray de, Œuvres philosophiques (Berlin: 1750). Discours sur le bonheur, ed. John Falvey (Oxford: 1975). Le Traité de l'âme, ed. Theo Verbeek, 2 vols (Utrecht: 1988). Machine Man and Other Writings, ed.


Author: Ann Thomson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199236190

Category: History

Page: 293

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The church in danger' : latitudinarians, socinians, and hobbists -- Animal spirits and living fibres -- Mortalists and materialists -- Journalism, exile, and clandestinity -- Mid-eighteenth-century materialism -- Epilogue: Some consequences