The Wisdom of Pleasures:

The Wisdom of Pleasures: "The School of Voluptuousness" and "The Art of Enjoyment"

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He's known for his audacious claim in 'Man a Machine' that humans can be reduced to their mechanism: but La Mettrie wrote other books too. In these hidden gems, the most radical of all Enlightenment thinkers lays bare his hedonistic ideas. In a godless universe that seems to be engineered only around pleasure and pain, how should we act? Should we give in to all-out debauchery as our destiny, or is there a nobler path?

This is the first-ever English translation of these books, which were originally published in 1747 and 1751.

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BN ID: 2940157912383
Publisher: Kirk Watson
Publication date: 01/23/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 201 KB

About the Author

Julien Offray de la Mettrie (1709-51), a successful medical doctor and a controversial author, was the most radical of all Enlightenment philosophers. His ideas scandalized the religious and outraged the philosophes. He died of natural causes under the protection of Frederick the Great.

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