Julien Mettrie

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In existographies, Julien Mettrie (246-204 BE) (1709-1751 ACM) (IQ:170|#415) (ID:4.05|42) (PR:3,211|65AE / philosopher:180) (FA:88) (CR:97) (LH:9) (TL:108|#104) was a French philosopher and physician, noted for []



Mettrie was influenced by: Denis Diderot.


Quotes | Employed

The following are quotes employed by Mettrie:

“We do not know nature at all; causes hidden deep within her may have produced everything. Look in your turn at Trembley’s polyp! Does it not contain inside it the causes of its own regeneration? Why then would it be absurd to believe that there exist physical causes for which everything was made and to which the whole chain of this vast universe is so necessarily linked and subordinated that nothing that happens could not have happened; that it is our absolutely invincible ignorance of these causes that has made us look to a god, who is not even a being of reason, according to some? Thus, destroying chance does not mean proving the existence of a supreme being, for there may be something else which is neither chance nor god; I mean ‘nature’, the study of which can as a result only produce unbelievers, as is proved by the manner of thinking of all its most successful observers.”
Denis Diderot (1743), Philosophical Thoughts[1]; cited by Julien Mettrie (1747) in Man: a Machine (pg. 24)

Quotes | By

The following are quotes by Mettrie:

“It is not enough for a scholar to study nature and truth, he must also have the courage to say it to the small number of those who want to think and are able to think; As for the others, who voluntarily are slaves to their prejudices, they can no more attain the truth then frogs can fly.”
— Julien Mettrie (1747), The Human Machine (pg. 3); cited by Philipp Blom (2010) in A Wicked Company (pg. 33)
“Let's not lose ourselves in infinity, we are not fashioned in a way to have the smallest idea of it; it is absolutely impossible to us to go back to the origin of things. What madness to torture oneself so much over something which to know is impossible, in which we're not even make us happy if we could penetrate to the end!”
— Julien Mettrie (1747), The Human Machine (pg. 183); cited by Philipp Blom (2010) in A Wicked Company (pg. 33)

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  1. Diderot, Denis. (1743). Philosophical Thoughts: Commentary Notes on Shaftesbury (Pensees Philosophques). Publisher.

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