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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

    Paris

    1739

    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

'Het zou mooi zijn boeken te kopen als we de tijd om ze te lezen erbij konden kopen, maar meestal verwart men het kopen van boeken met het toe-eigenen van de inhoud ervan.'

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)