Maine de Biran

Maine de Biran m?n d? b?rN [key], 1766?1824, French philosopher, member of the Council of Five Hundred (1797), and councilor of state (1816). His real name was Marie Franois Pierre Gonthier de Biran. Although interested in the theories of Condillac and the ideologues, he was unable to accept Condillac's view of knowledge as derived solely from sensation. Maine de Biran emphasized the importance of inner consciousness of the self, finding the basis of morality in the consciousness of volitional activity. He later inclined toward mysticism. His writings were collected as ?uvres indites de Maine de Biran (1859).

See studies by P. P. Hallie (1959) and F. C. T. Moore (1970).

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