Kathleen Wellman
La Mettrie: Medicine, Philosophy, and Enlightenment
July 11, 2019 Comments.. 871
La Mettrie Medicine Philosophy and Enlightenment Julien Offray de la Mettrie best known as the author of L Homme machine appears as a minor character in most accounts of the Enlightenment But in this intellectual biography by Kathleen Wellman La

  • Title: La Mettrie: Medicine, Philosophy, and Enlightenment
  • Author: Kathleen Wellman
  • ISBN: 9780822312048
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Julien Offray de la Mettrie, best known as the author of L Homme machine, appears as a minor character in most accounts of the Enlightenment But in this intellectual biography by Kathleen Wellman, La Mettrie physician philosophe emerges as a central figure whose medical approach to philosophical and moral issues had a profound influence on the period and its legacy.WellmaJulien Offray de la Mettrie, best known as the author of L Homme machine, appears as a minor character in most accounts of the Enlightenment But in this intellectual biography by Kathleen Wellman, La Mettrie physician philosophe emerges as a central figure whose medical approach to philosophical and moral issues had a profound influence on the period and its legacy.Wellman s study presents La Mettrie as an advocate of progressive medical theory and practice who consistently applied his medical concerns to the reform of philosophy, morals, and society By examining his training with the Dutch physician Hermann Boerhaave, his satires lampooning the ignorance and venality of the medical profession, and his medical treatises on subjects ranging from vertigo to veneral disease, Wellman illuminates the medical roots of La Mettrie s philosophy She shows how medicine encouraged La Mettrie to undertake an impiricist critique of the philosophical tradition and provided the foundation for a medical materialism that both shaped his understanding of the possibilities of moral and social reform and led him to espouse the cause of the philosophers.Elucidating the medical view of nature, human beings, and society that the Enlightenment and La Mettrie in particular bequethed to the modern world, La Mettrie makes an important contribution to our understanding of both that period and our own.

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    1. Ed says:

      One might say that Kathleen Wellman has retrieved La Mettrie from the trash heap of history. La Mettrie's provocative presentation of his materialist thought in a book titled "Man, a Machine" left him typecast as an eccentric or worse. Few people read all the other things he wrote. Wellman took on this task and has delivered an appreciation [though not an uncritical one] of his whole corpus. She makes the fact that La Mettrie was a physician central to her interpretation of his ideas. Indeed, th [...]

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