Main Article Content



Julien Offray de La Mettrie is considered a representative philosopher of materialism and hedonism in the Age of Enlightenment. His seminal work Man a Machine bears many hallmarks of the Enlightenment: faith in ratinality and progress, turning away from traditional figures of authority and towards the authority of natural sciences, and placing great value in the individual and self-improvement. Certain paragraphs of the work, however, contain claims that seemingly advocate that one ought to remain wholly ignorant when it comes to questions pertaining to reasons for man's existence. This appears to contradict the usual intelectual optimism of the Enlightenment. However, if we read these paragraphs through the lens of contemporary anthropic reasoning, it shows that this is just La Mettrie's attempt to counter certain theistic arguments, and fully in the spirit of the Enlightenment.

Article Details

How to Cite
RUJEVIĆ, G. (2024). LA METTRIE’S ANTHROPIC REASONING. Arhe, 20(39), 85–104.


Bostrom, Nick. Anthropic Bias. New York & London: Routledge, 2002.

Carter, Brandon. „Large Number Coincidences and Anthropic Principle in Cosmology” u: Confrontation of Cosmological Theories with Observational Data; Proceedings from the Symposium, 291-298. Dordrecht: D. Reidel Publishing Co, 1974.

Cassirer, Ernst. The Philosophy of Enlightenment. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1951.

Dupre, Louis. The Enlightenment and the Intellectual Foundations of Modern Culture. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2008.

Džimak, Piter. „Francusko prosvetiteljstvo I: nauka, materijalizam i determinizam” u: Britanska filozofija i doba prosvetiteljstva, prir. Stjuart Braun, 252-271. Beograd: Plato, 2008.

Israel, Jonathan. Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Kant, Imanuel, Fuko, Mišel i Habermas, Jirgen. O prosvećenosti. Novi Sad: Kulturno-prosvetna zajednica Vojvodine, 2002.

De Lametri, Žilien Ofrej. Čovek mašina. Beograd: Kultura, 1955.

Meeker, Natania. „The Materialist Tropes of La Mettrie.” The Eighteenth Century, vol. 48, no. 3 (Fall 2007): 245-262.

Vindelband, Vilhelm. Istorija filozofije. Beograd: Book&Marso, 2007.