Baron d' Holbach and hard determinism April 8 2008

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“Man the Machine” (hard determinism) - Baron d’Holbach (1723-1789) Determinism - Determinism: is the view that every event has a cause, and thus everything Baron d’Holbach - For the Encyclopedie, Holbach authored and translated a large number of articles on topics such as politics religion, chemistry and mineralogy. Atheism - If we go back to the beginning we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy enthusiasm or deceit adorned or disfigured them; that French Materialism - Denied the existence of a deity. - Denied evidence of all a priori arguments. Man = Machine - All the motion of his machine springs as a necessary consequence from his primitive impulse Julien Offray de La Mettrie - Argues that man is simply a machine, subject to the laws of motion like any mechanism of eighteenth-century science. Mind = Brain (Holbach) - “The will…is a modification of the brain” (132). Laws of Nature
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