Helvétius

[ hel-vee-shuhs; French el-vey-syys ]
/ hɛlˈvi ʃəs; French ɛl veɪˈsyüs /

noun

Claude A·dri·en [klawd -ey-dree-uhn; French klohd a-dree-ahn], /klɔd ˈeɪ dri ən; French kloʊd a driˈɑ̃/, 1715–71, French philosopher.

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Helvétius
/ (hɛlˈviːʃɪəs, French ɛlvesjys) /

noun

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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