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By Claude Adrien Helvétius, David Smith, Peter Allan, Allan Dainard, Jean Orsoni

ISBN-10: 0802056415

ISBN-13: 9780802056412

This moment quantity of the Correspondance générale d'Helvétius covers the interval of the booklet and reception of Helvétius' arguable first paintings, De l'Esprit (1758). It starts with a letter of January 1757, during which Helvétius recounts the try out by way of Damiens at the lifetime of Louis XV, and results in December 1760 whilst the writer, having been attacked at the degree of the Théatre-Francais yet eulogized in international journals, is considering voluntary exile.

In the intervening time De l'Esprit provoked an uprecedented outcry from the courtroom and from the spiritual and civil gurus. Denigrated because the epitome of all risky philosophic developments of the age, condemned as atheistic, materialistic, sacriligious, immoral, and subversive, it loved an important succes de scandale.

Rather than analyzing the puzzles and paradoxes which encompass the affaire de l'Esprit, this quantity offers the files upon which strategies should be established. Helvétius' personal letters, frequently written swiftly, below tension, and in worry they could be opened via the cupboard noir, are much less revealing than the letters among different protagonists within 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 those letters, including the appendixes containing edicts, retractions, an condemnations that shed new mild not just at the improvement of the affaire but in addition at the advanced workings of the ancien regime

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Lettre 281, note 2) qu'il allait confier De /'Esprit a un deuxieme censeur (v. lettre 289). 2. Comme il ressort de la lettre precedente que Malesherbes devait revenir le mardi 4 juillet, celle-ci ne peut etre que du l er du meme mois. 283. Helvetius a Chretien-Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes [ 2 o u 3 juillet 1758]1 Monsieur, Je suis penetre de vos bontes; je compte toujours sur votre amitie. J'espere que vous ne m'aurez pas mis entre les mains d'un theologien ridicul, car il n'y auroit pas moien de faire imprimer autre chose que la croix de par dieu.

Louis-Francois Lallemant, comte de Levignen, a Achille Le Begue Ce 29 juin 1758 J'ay receu, Monsieur, la lettre sans datte1 que vous m'aves fait 1'honneur de m'ecrire a 1'occasion dea la demande faitte par M. Helvetius de lettres patentes portant etablissement de quatre foires dans le bourg de Regmallard. On ne peut desirer plus que je fais de 1'obliger, mais vous sentes que je ne puis rien changer aujourdhuy dans mon avis que j'ay adresse a la cour des le 10 avril dernier 2 et qui est relatif au voeu des trois etats entendus dans rjnforma[ti]on faitte devant le lieutenant general du baillage de Mortagne.

J'aime mieux rester deux ou trois jours de plus a Paris et finir tout cela. Je suis, avec respect, Monsieur, Votre tres humble et tres obeissant serviteur, Helvetius [adresse : ] A Monsieur / Monsieur de Malherbes de Lamoignon / en son hotel / A Paris 42 LETTRE 284 Juilletl758 MANUSCRIT NOTES EXPLICATIVES *A. , ms. fr. 22191, f° 29-30; 3 p. (demi-feuille pliee); orig. ; fragments de cachet aux armes d'Helvetius sur cire rouge. 1. La confirmation par Helvetius qu'il compte "toujours" aller faire sa cour a Malesherbes situe cette lettre apres les deux precedentes, ecrites le ler juillet, et avant le retour du desti- TEXTE f a Le A : qui .

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