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La Mettrie, Julien Offray de
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(Nov 23, 1709, Saint-Malo – Nov 11, 1751, Berlin), French physician, philosopher, and an adherent of materialism. La Mettrie studied in Paris and Leiden, worked as a physician in Saint-Malo from 1734 to 1742, where he initially published medical works, and then went to Paris. He took part in the Austrian War of Succession as a military surgeon. In 1745, he anonymously published the Histoire naturelle de l'âme which elicited reactions from the censors, as did most of La Mettrie's ensuing publications. The already famous/infamous author avoided imp…

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Kronauer, Ulrich, “La Mettrie, Julien Offray de”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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