Julien Offray de La Mettrie, ‘Discours sur le bonheur’

critical edition by John Falvey

Volume: 134

Series: SVEC

Volume Editors: John Falvey

Publication Date: 1975

Pages: 236

ISBN: 978-0-7294-0020-6

Price: £35


I. Principles of this edition
i. The text
ii. Dates
iii. Presentation
iv. Structure of the Discours sur le bonheur
II. Reflections of contemporaries in the writing and the rewritings
i. Maupertuis and his friend
ii. Maupertuis and ‘la philosophie morale’
iii. Fontenelle
iv. Madame Du Châtelet
v. Frederick II
vi. Pernetti
vii. ‘Saint-Evremond’ (La Serre)
III. Discours sur le bonheur in relation to some earlier figures
i. Descartes
ii. Montaigne
iii. Seneca: epicureanism and stoicism
iv. Other figures referred to by La Mettrie
IV. Reverberations
i. La Mettrie’s personality
ii. Exploitation of La Mettrie by religious writers
iii. Sensitivity of the philosophes to exploitation of La Mettrie
iv. Reaction to La Mettrie in periodicals
V. Conclusion
Section i. Introductory passage
Section ii. Le bonheur organique
Section iii. Education
Section iv. Fortitude
Section v. Happiness through social facilities
Section vi. The medical standpoint
Section vii. Endings

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