Julien Offray de La Mettrie; L’homme machine; Leyden: Elie Luzac, The first English translation was in ; a second edition published in London in. It also includes translations of other works by La Mettrie that have never before been translated into English. The original title is L’Homme Machine, an odd bit of . La Mettrie, Julien Offray de () Homme machine. Man a machine: wherein the several systems of philosophers, in respect to the soul of man, are.

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Evidently, therefore, natural law does not presuppose education, revelation, or legislator, — provided one does not propose to confuse natural law with civil laws, in the ridiculous fashion of the theologians.

Man is so complicated a machine that it is impossible to get a clear idea of the machine beforehand, and hence impossible msttrie define it. What could the others, especially the theologians, have to say? To be blind and to think one can do without this staff if the worst kind of blindness. We are in the position of a watch that should say a writer of fables would make the watch a hero in a silly tale: Here is a paralytic who asks is his leg is in bed with him; there is a soldier who thinks that he still has the arm which has been cut off.

Raw meat makes animals fierce, and it would have the same effect on man. Hecquet that all men may not go to Corinth.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Foolishly decried by some, vainly praised by others, and misunderstood by all; it follows not only in the train of the graces and of the fine arts, it not only describes macnine can also measure nature. This article about a philosophy -related book is a stub. This oscillation, which is natural or suited to our machine, and with which each fibre and even each fibrous element, so to speak, seems to be endowed, like that of a pendulum, cannot keep up forever.

Like that child of olden time whom a modern writer refers, following Arnobius, he knows neither the foods suitable for him, nor the water that can drown him, nor the fire that can reduce him to ashes. Can the best will in the world, the most violent desires return his lost vigor to an exhausted lover?


I do not mean to call in question the existence machnie a supreme being; on the contrary it seems to me that the greatest degree of probability is in favor of this belief. The head alone; a little round egg with two black points which mark the eyes. How can human nature be known, if we may not derive any light from an exact comparison of the structure of man and of animals?

I do not take either side.

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I wish to speak of this impetuous principle that Hippocrates calls enormon soul. To what excesses cruel hunger can bring us!

I have shown how vicious the reasoning of Pluche is in order to prove, in the first place, that if there is a revelation, it is not sufficiently demonstrated by the mere authority of the Church, and without any appeal to reason, as all those who fear reason claim: In this alone, true medicine consists. I should choose a large ape in preference to any other, until by some good fortune another kind should be discovered, more like us, for nothing prevents there being such a one in regions unknown to us.

And as the structure of the brain is such that when eyes well formed for seeing, have once perceived the image of objects, the brain can not help seeing their images and their differences, so when the signs of these differences have been traced or imprinted in the brain, the soul necessarily examines their relations — an examination that would have been impossible without the discovery of signs or the invention of language. A few more wheels, a few more springs than in the most perfect animals, the brain proportionally nearer the heart and for this very reason receiving more blood — any one of a number of unknown causes might always produce this delicate conscience so easily wounded, this remorse which is no more foreign to matter than to thought, and in a word all the differences that are supposed to exist here.


La Mettrie : Homme machine

Machine Man and Other Writings. Or, put the child with an animal on a precipice, the child alone falls off; he drowns where the animal would save itself by swimming.

This would be proved by the fact alone that when feeling is stifled, thought also is checked, for instance in apoplexy, in lethargy, in catalepsis, etc. Whoever owes the miracles that he works to his own genius surpasses, in my opinion, the man who owes his to chance.

Such are the simple foundations upon which the edifice of logic has been reared. Nothing, as any one can see, is so simple as the mechanism of our education.


As a violin string or a harpsichord key vibrates and gives forth sound, so the cerebral fibers, struck by waves of sound, are stimulated to render or repeat the words that strike them. To destroy the hypothesis of Stahl, we need not make as great an effort as I find that others have done before me. For the soul has been a prey kettrie the most intense sorrow, but now feels only the joy of suffering past, and of sweetest peace.

His eyes protrude from their sockets, the eyebrows are raised with the muscles of the forehead. In those days, he did not consider himself king over the other animals, nor was he distinguished from machnie ape, and from the rest, except as the ape itself differs from the other animals, i. Bulimia, or canine hunger, for example, can stifle all feeling; it is a mania of the stomach that one is compelled to satisfy, but what remorse must be in store for those women, when the come to themselves and grow sober, and remember the crimes they have committed against those they held most dear!