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Julian De LaMettrie

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Julian De LaMettrie: (1709-1751) Julian De LaMettrie was a philosopher as well as a physician with materialist and atheist views. He was born in Saint Malo in 1709. In 1742, LaMettrie went to war for France as a physician. During this time he contracted a severe fever which brought out his main theme of his philosophy. He believed that humans as well as animals were all just machines. LaMettrie received much criticism for this belief it being the 18 th century and was compelled to leave his country. In 1746 he left the army hospital to continue his works as a philosopher. His most famous work, Man a Machine, was written in 1748, and criticized Descartes’s work on the soul. LaMettrie, an atheist, believed that humans are just complexly organized organisms and made the parallel of humans not having souls just as Descartes had with animals. He believed that humans react to situations naturally without the presence of the supernatural or God. In his work, LaMettrie compared humans to machines and believed by examining the way
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Unformatted text preview: machines function one could learn much about human behavior. Since LaMettrie believed humans had no souls but could think and communicate then animals must be able to do the same. This sparked his interest in trying to teach animals language. If he could teach animals language then he could justify animals as thinking creatures and if animals don’t have souls then why should humans? LaMettrie fell ill in November of 1751 and passed away at the age of 43. References: http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/LaMettrie/Eulogy/ http://pubpages.unh.edu/~jel/512/primate_people.html http://coursenligne.u-strasbg.fr/depotcel/DepotCel/142/cours %20histo/Diapositive14_883,7091.JPG http://books.google.com/books? id=DGfnPMm6ad4C&pg=PA7&lpg=PA7&dq=LaMettrie's+study+on+human+behavior&source =web&ots=ce-_b0_MxL&sig=M8mHjkxuYHkWMKUqLqDjGj7OphE http://beastrabban.wordpress.com/2007/11/19/sue-blackmore-and-the-suicide-of-the-enlightenment/...
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