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Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715–1771)

Helvétius, Claude Adrien (āl-yās’yös”). A French philosopher; born in Paris, 1715; died there, Dec. 26, 1771. He was trained to finance, but the circle of the Encyclopedists drew him into philosophy. His ‘On the Understanding,’ and, some years later, ‘Man: His Intellectual Faculties and His Training,’ were celebrated at the time as strong philosophic works, but they are of importance in political history rather than in that of philosophy.