Paul-Henri Thiry

Paul-Henri Thiry

Original Name Paul Heinrich Dietrich
Birth
Edesheim, Landkreis Südliche Weinstraße, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Death 21 Jan 1789 (aged 65)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Unknown location in church; body dislocated during French revolution.
Memorial ID 6239256 · View Source
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French philosopher, he was one of the Encyclopedists. He was born in Palatinate, Germany but grew up in Paris, France. He became a member of a group literary men that included Diderot, Helvétius, Condorcet, and Rousseau. He was a supporter of naturalistic and materialistic views and was a vigorous opponent of Christianity and all positive forms of religion. His best-known work is Système de la nature which he wrote in 1770 and had a great impact on the philosophy that there is nothing but material and motion. He died on January 21, 1789 and was buried in a crypt next to Diderot in the crypt of the Chapel of the Virgin behind the high altar in Saint-Roch. No tablet marks their tombs, and although repeated investigations have been made no light has been thrown on the exact position of their burial place.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 6239256
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Paul-Henri Thiry (8 Dec 1723–21 Jan 1789), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6239256, citing Église Saint-Roch, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .