Lyon dissertation no. 19. MS

Title Lyon dissertation no. 19. MS
Date 1785 - 1787
Type Academic prize contest entry
Physical Description Bibliothèque de l'Académie de Lyon, MS 237-4, ff. 308-327.
Language French
Content Advice on educational benefits of travel
Moral considerations of travel
NotesThe reviewer of the prize contest, count Laurencin, was rather frustrated that this dissertation was not written in a better style, as - according to him - it contains, in favour of travelling, all the ideas one should have.

The author starts by acknowledging the genius of Rousseau in discussing this question; however, not being able to aim for such intellectual heights, he plans to discuss travelling on a more general and practical level. He believes that, even despits any negative examples we might encounter, an education isn't complete without travel. He does not even consider it worthy of debating whether travelling is useful from the point of view of virtue. Without giving a single example, he praises those Philosophers who faced difficulties to gather information and 'lumières' in various nations - which goes against a wide-spread cliché of the century, that of criticizing most philosophers for not travelling enough. A series of examples from various populations, from the past and the present, illustrate the advantages of those nations where travel is a received practice. The reviewer Laurencin continued the author's ideas regarding the lack of travel in China. (See the author's profile.)