La Mettrie: Machine Man and Other Writings

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Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709-51), author of Machine Man (1747), was the most uncompromising of the l8th century materialists. This edition presents a new English translation of the text together with the most important of La Mettrie's other philosophical works, translated into English for the first time.
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Overview

Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709-51), author of Machine Man (1747), was the most uncompromising of the l8th century materialists. This edition presents a new English translation of the text together with the most important of La Mettrie's other philosophical works, translated into English for the first time.
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"This is an excellent primary source text that should be included in any university library. It may easily be incorporated into any teaching context and is a valuable resource in French Enlightenment research." Jean-Pierre Schachter, Philosophy in Review

"The collection...well served by useful scholarly apparatus, such as a chronology of the life of La Mettrie, a listing of other works to consult, and a short history of the publication of each text. This collection okf La Mettrie's texts, which presents them to the English reading public in a clear and accessible form, is valuable to both the teacher and the scholar of the eighteenth century." Kathleen Wellman, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

"The appearance of Ann Thomson's splendid English translation of La Mettrie's major philosophical writings is timely. More than ever, various forms of naturalism and materialism dominate our thinking about the mind, and worries about reductionism are hotly debated." Dialogue

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Chronology
Further reading
Machine Man 1
Treatise on the soul 41
Man as Plant 75
The System of Epicurus 89
Anti-Seneca or the Sovereign Good 117
Preliminary Discourse 145
Index 174
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