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(Biography) Claude Adrien (klod adriɛ̃). 1715–71, French philosopher. In his chief work De l'Esprit (1758), he asserted that the mainspring of human action is self-interest and that differences in human intellects are due only to differences in education


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Claude Adrien, 1715–71, French philosopher.
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Claude Adrien Helvetius, one of the precursors of what would soon be named utilitarianism, wrote succinctly: 'pleasure and pain are and will always be the unique principle of the actions of men'.
This "controversialist approach," (11) as Jonathan Israel productively defines it, is adapted as the methodological fulcrum of this article, which focuses anew on the factional politics afflicting France from 1751-1764, and especially on the condemnations of De l'Esprit by Claude Adrien Helvetius, and of Denis Diderot's Encyclopedie.
Tallentyre (pseudonimo de Evelyn Beatrice Hall) se la atribuyo en su libro The Friends of Voltaire, no como algo que el gran escritor hubiera dicho, sino como un resumen de su actitud ante la persecucion contra el filosofo frances Claude Adrien Helvetius.