Lyon no. 19.

Date active 1785-1787
Biographical NotesAnonymous author of dissertation number 19. submitted to the prize contest of the Académie de Lyon. The reviewer, count Laurencin, wrote: "The first sentence is seven lines long. Its structure isn't worth anything, and the thought is false, because a treatise on medicine or on education, which presents a healthy theory, should certainly facilitate the practice of that art. However, the dissertation in its whole, although written in a very common style, contains in favour of travelling everything that is natural to be thought ('ce qu'il est naturel d'en penser'). One observation among others struck me by its truth, namely that the Chinese remained at the same point and have not progressed towards perfection, which can certainly be attributed to the fact that they despise other people, among whom they never travel. Anti-travel authors ('anti-voyageurs') would exclaim here that this is a convincing proof for them, because the Chinese nation is florishing and happy. Without examining to which extent this is true, I answer bravely that it would be even more so, if those who govern it would be better instructed. By the way, one has to admit that science and arts are only in the cradle in China, and cannot deny the influence of travelling on education, which is so evidently influenced by knowledge. It is very frustrating that the dissertations where this very principle is visible, don't have as much eloquence as reason."
Work(s)Author of Lyon dissertation no. 19. MS (1785 - 1787)