Lamettrie

1992 SB22. Discovered 1992 Sept. 22 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named in memory of the French medical doctor and philosopher Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709-1751). After publishing Traité de l'Ame in 1745, he had to flee to Holland, where he published L'Homme-Machine (1748). "Soul' is just an empty word. Matter by its own has the faculty of perception." In his last work Discours preliminaire (1751), he wrote: "How can one possibly think that reasoning is dangerous? It has never led to fanatics, sects or even theologians." (M 29672)

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