Lyon dissertation no. 22 - Mathieu

Title Lyon dissertation no. 22 - Mathieu
in Extrait des discours qui ont concouru pour le prix que l'académie des sciences, belles-lettres et arts de la ville de Lyon a adjugé à M. Turlin,... sur cette question : Les Voyages peuvent-ils être considérés comme un moyen de perfectionner l'éducation ?
Creator(s)
Date 1788
Place Lyon
Publisher A. de La Roche
Type Academic prize contest entry
Physical Description 8°, pp. 106.
Language French
Content Moral considerations of travel
Instructions on health during travels
General discussion of the utility of travel
Advice on educational benefits of travel
NotesMathieu's dissertation won the accessit at the Lyon prize contest, and excerpts were published in the 1788 print version, accompanied by the jury's comments and Turlin's winning piece. Letters from Mathieu in the correspondence at the Lyon Academy show this publication was without his consent. The jury considered it to be the best piece of the contest defending the utility of travels, but rhetorically inferior to Turlin's.

It is structured in two halves: travel in the service of the education of the men, and in the service of the education of the citizen. The jury appreciated particularly his comments on travel as form of physical education. On the contrary, he is criticized for a logical contradiction: travel requires preliminary knowledge in order to be useful, but also a fully flexible mind not overburdened with already established ideas.

The print edition consists of a version of the jury's report, excerpts from Mathieu's dissertation, a near-complete version of Turlin's dissertation, and comments from the jury on both.

Master Copy: BNF R-21082

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