Amusement philosophique sur le langage des bestes

A satirical work mocking the Cartesians and the question of soul and logic. Bougeant suggested that the animals took the souls of the wicked; this allusion, however ironic, to the transmigration of souls led to exile by the Jesuits from the college of La Flèche. The work was a great success in Europe, and is above all an attack on Descartes' mechanical design.

Guillaume Hyacinthe Bougeant, born on 4 November 1690 in Quimper and died on 7 January 1743 in Paris, was a French Jesuit priest, writer and playwright, very involved - in a theatrical manner - in polemics with the Jansenists.

Amusement philosophique sur le langage des bestes

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  • Details

    Author: Guillaume Hyacinthe Bougeant

    Publisher: Gissey, Bordelet, Ganeau



    Language: French

    Binding: Leather

    Pages: [4], 157, [3] pp.

    Size: duodecimo, 16,5 x 10 x 1,5 cm

  • Description copy

    First edition, period brown full sheepskin binding, adorned ribbed spine decorated and lettered in gilt, split upper and lower joints, tears with loss on the top