The System of Nature. Volume 1


Paul Henri Thiery (Baron D’Holbach)

Series: World Philosophy
BISAC: PHI022000

The System of Nature is a 2 volume book on philosophy written by Paul-Henri Thiry in 1770 and published in French. Most importantly, the author denies the existence of God, arguing that belief in a higher being is the product of fear, lack of understanding, and anthropomorphism. It is the most comprehensive description of Atheism in the history of philosophy.
(Imprint: SNOVA)



Table of Contents

PART I—Laws of Nature.—Of man.—The faculties of the soul. —Doctrine of immortality.—On happiness.
CHAP. I. Nature and her laws.
CHAP. II. Of motion and its origin.
CHAP. III. Of matter—of its various combinations—of its diversified motion—or of the course of Nature.
CHAP. IV. Laws of motion common to every being of Nature—attraction and repulsion—inert force-necessity.
CHAP. V. Order and confusion—intelligence—chance.
CHAP. VI. Moral and physical distinctions of man—his origin.
CHAP. VII. The soul and the spiritual system.
CHAP. VIII. The intellectual faculties derived from the faculty of feeling.
CHAP. IX. The diversity of the intellectual faculties; they depend on physical causes, as do their moral qualities.—The natural principles of society—morals—politics.
CHAP. X. The soul does not derive its ideas from itself—it has no innate ideas.
CHAP. XI. Of the system of man’s free-agency.
CHAP. XII. An examination of the opinion which pretends that the system of fatalism is dangerous.
CHAP. XIII. Of the immortality of the soul—of the doctrine of a future state—of the fear of death.
CHAP. XIV. Education, morals, and the laws suffice to restrain man—of the desire of immortality—of suicide.
CHAP. XV. Of man’s true interest, or of the ideas he forms to himself of happiness.—Man cannot be happy without virtue.
CHAP. XVI. The errors of man.—Upon what constitutes happiness.—The true source of his evils.—Remedies that may be applied.
CHAP. XVII. Those ideas which are true, or founded upon Nature, are the only remedies for the evil of man.—Recapitulation.—Conclusions of the First Part.

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