Julien Offray de La Mettrie, 'Discours sur le bonheur'

BookJulien Offray de La Mettrie, 'Discours sur le bonheur'

Julien Offray de La Mettrie, 'Discours sur le bonheur'

critical edition by John Falvey

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 134

1975

December 1st, 1975

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half Title2
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
Dedication6
Table of Contents8
INTRODUCTION12
I. Principles of this edition12
i The text12
ii Dates14
iii Presentation18
iv Structure of the Discours sur le bonkeur20
II. Reflection of contemporaries in the writing and the rewritings26
i Maupertuis and his friend26
ii Maupertuis and ‘la philosophie morale’31
iii Fontenelle40
iv Madame Du Chatelet42
v Frederick II47
vi Pernetti49
vii ‘Saint-Evremond’ (La Serre)51
III. Discours sur le bonheur in relation to some earlier figures56
i Descartes56
ii Montaigne61
iii Seneca: epicureanism and stoicism66
iv Other figures referred to by La Mettrie70
IV. Reverberations74
i La Mettrie’s personality74
ii Exploitation of La Mettrie by religious writers88
iii Sensitivity of the philosophes to exploitation of La Mettrie92
iv Reaction to La Mettrie in periodicals99
v. Conclusion106
THE TEXT112
PREFACE112
Section i Introductory passage122
Section ii Le bonheur organique127
Section iii Education135
a. Conditioning and enlightenment135
b. Immortality136
c. Virtue139
d. L’amour-propre146
e. Remorse151
f. Instinct and natural law155
g. Tolerance and incentives159
Section iv Fortitude166
a. The philosopher166
b. The writer171
c. Temperament176
Section v Happiness through social facilities182
a. Learned pursuits182
b. Wealth185
c. Sex189
d. Crime195
e. Social surgery196
Section vi The medical standpoint198
Section vii Endings203
a. of B and C203
b. of C only210
c. ‘Conclusion’ of B and C216
APPENDIXES220