To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
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There are men whom a happy disposition, a strong desire of glory and esteem, inspire with the same love for justice and virtue which men in general have for riches and honors… But the number of these men is so small that I only mention them in honor of humanity.
|Birth:||26th January, 1715|
|Death:||26th December, 1771|
Claude Adrien Helvétius was born in Paris, France. He was a French philosopher. In 1758, Helvétius published his philosophical magnum opus, a work called De l'esprit. After holding the exceedingly profitable post of farmer-general for some years he retired to the country in 1751 where he devoted himself to writing and philanthropy. He is remembered for his hedonism. Like Locke, Helvétius believed that all men are born with equal ability and that distinctions develop from education, and that through education all human problems could be solved.
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