• I was born in Paris, France in 1715.
  • Descended from a long line of prominent physicians, I was made farmer general at the request of the queen in 1738 but resigned my post in 1751 in favour of retiring to my ancestral house at Voré.
  • There I wrote the poem Le Bonheur(Happiness) and my celebrated philosophical work De l’esprit (On the Mind), which immediately became infamous for its attack on morality based on religion.
  • De l’esprit aroused formidable opposition, it was ordered burned in public and the Sorbonne condemned it.
  • I also held that all men were equally capable of learning, a belief that led me to argue against Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s (1712-1778) educational theories.

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