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Pierre Jean Georges Cabanis

(1757-1808)

Monday 13 December 2004

Cabanis and La Mettrie

- Pierre Jean Georges Cabanis (1757-1808) was among those indebted to La Mettrie’s ideas. Indeed, Cabanis, the most ardent materialist of the French enlightenment, was simply taking La Mettrie’s naturalism to its logical extreme in his ’Rapports du physique et du moral de l’homme’ (1802), when he argued that "to have an accurate idea of the operations from which thought results, it is necessary to consider the brain as a special organ designed especially to produce it, as the stomach and the intestines are designed to operate the digestion, (and) the liver to filter bile...".

See also

- materialism
- mechanism
- Julien Offray de La Mettrie