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Bernard Man de ville's <i>The Fable of the Bees</i>

in Selected Philosophical and Scientific Writings

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780226168067
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226168081 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226168081.003.0003
Bernard Man de ville's The Fable of the Bees

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This chapter presents Marquise Du Châtelet's English translation of Bernard Mandeville's The Fable of the Bees. The first selection is the preface Du Châtelet wrote for her translation of the book. The Fable of the Bees consisted of three parts: “The Grumbling Hive,” a long verse allegory; an essay, “Enquiry into the Origins of Moral Virtue”; and explanatory “Remarks,” which Mandeville used to expand upon the meaning of selected couplets from the opening poem. This was Du Châtelet's first extended effort at translation from English into French, and she chose this particular work because, as she explained in her preface, it was “the best book of morality ever done.” The chapter also includes Du Châtelet's letters to Louis de Brancas de Forcalquier, Marquis de Céreste, and to Louis François Armand Du Plessis, Duke de Richelieu.

Keywords: Marquise Du Châtelet; English translation; Bernard Mandeville; Fable of Bees; allegory; poem; morality; letters; Brancas de Forcalquier; Armand Du Plessis

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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