Lyon dissertation no. 22. MS

Title Lyon dissertation no. 22. MS
Date 1785 - 1787
Type Academic prize contest entry
Physical Description Bibliothèque de l'Académie de Lyon, MS 237-4, ff. 349-411.
Language French
Content Advice on educational benefits of travel
Instructions on health during travels
Moral considerations of travel
NotesThis piece, written by the Paris lawyer J-B-C. Mathieu (also called Mathieu-Mirampal), won the accessit at the Lyon prize contest. Excerpts were published in the 1788 print version of the contest, 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.

There is no difference in the content of the piece between the manuscript and the print version - it was only abridged and improved in style. The work 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.