Correspondance générale d'Helvétius, Volume II: 1757-1760 / Lettres 250-464

University of Toronto Press
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This second volume of the Correspondance générale d'Helvétius covers the period of the publication and reception of Helvétius' controversial first work, De l'Esprit (1758). It begins with a letter of January 1757, in which Helvétius recounts the attempt by Damiens on the life of Louis XV, and ends in December 1760 when the author, having been attacked on the stage of the Théatre-Francais but eulogized in foreign journals, is contemplating voluntary exile.

In the meantime De l'Esprit provoked an uprecedented outcry from the court and from the religious and civil authorities. Denigrated as the epitome of all dangerous philosophic trends of the age, condemned as atheistic, materialistic, sacriligious, immoral, and subversive, it enjoyed an immense succes de scandale.

Rather than examining the puzzles and paradoxes which surround the affaire de l'Esprit, this volume presents the documents upon which solutions may be based. Helvétius' own letters, often written hastily, under stress, and in fear they might be opened by the Cabinet noir, are less revealing than the letters between other protagonists in the affaire: the Cardinal de Bernis and the Duke de Choiseul, Jean-Omer Joly de Fleury, Malesherbes, Saint-Florentin, Tercier, and Louis xv himself.

It is these letters, together with the appendixes containing edicts, retractions, an condemnations that shed new light not only on the development of the affaire but also on the complex workings of the ancien regime

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About the author

Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715-1771) was a French philosopher, freemason, and littérateur.

Peter Allan is a professor of French at Mount Allison University.

Alan Dainard is a professor of French at University of Toronto.

Jean Orsoni is a professor of French at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivères.

David Smith is a professor emeritus of French at the University of Toronto.

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Publisher
University of Toronto Press
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Published on
Dec 15, 1984
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Pages
816
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ISBN
9781442654242
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Language
French
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Genres
History / Europe / France
Literary Collections / Letters
Philosophy / Political
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