Paul Henry Thiry d'Holbach





Paul Henry Thiry d'Holbach

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in Edesheim, Rheinpfalz, Germany
December 08, 1723

died
January 21, 1789

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Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach was a philosopher, translator, and prominent social figure of the French Enlightenment. He was born Paul Heinrich Dietrich in the Rhenish Palatinate, but lived and worked mainly in Paris, France. His most famous book, The System of Nature (Le Système de la nature), was published under the name of Jean-Baptiste de Mirabaud, the secretary of the Academie Francaise who had died ten years previously.

In his philosophical writings Holbach developed a deterministic and materialistic metaphysics which grounded his polemics against organized religion and his utilitarian ethical and political theory. As a translator, Holbach made significant contributions to the European Enlightenment in science and religion. He tran
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More books by Paul Henry Thiry d'Holbach…
“If the ignorance of nature gave birth to such a variety of gods, the knowledge of this nature is calculated to destroy them.”
Paul Henry Thiry d'Holbach, System of Nature

“All children are atheists, they have no idea of God.”
Paul Henry Thiry d'Holbach, System of Nature

“Man’s life is a line that nature commands him to describe upon the surface of the earth, without his ever being able to swerve from it, even for an instant. He is born without his own consent; his organization does in nowise depend upon himself; his ideas come to him involuntarily; his habits are in the power of those who cause him to contract them; he is unceasingly modified by causes, whether visible or concealed, over which he has no control, which necessarily regulate his mode of existence, give the hue to his way of thinking, and determine his manner of acting. He is good or bad, happy or miserable, wise or foolish, reasonable or irrational, without his will being for any thing in these various states.”
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