ECC: Nature in Mme Deshoulières

Happy Birthday, Antoinette du Ligier de la Garde Deshoulières! Read about the concept of nature in Mme Deshoulières in our ECC.

Antoinette Du Ligier de la Garde Deshoulières was born on January 1, 1638. She was a French poet, writer and philosopher.

“A disciple of Gassendi, Madame Deshoulières expounds a naturalist metaphysics in her poetry. Following Lucretius, she conceives nature as a network of atomic particles, whose dynamism emerges through the constant interplay of attraction and repulsion among its constituent parts. Rather than transcending nature, as rationalist philosophers contend, humanity is totally inscribed within the web of nature. ”

– John Conley, Nature in Antoinette du Ligier de la Garde; Mme Deshoulières (1638-1694)

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