Tableau philosophique des progrés 1750
The Discours sur les progrès successifs de l’esprit humain was one of two Latin discourses Turgot delivered on his election as a prior to the Sorbonne.
“Self-interest, ambition, vainglory perpetually change the face of the world, inundate the earth with blood; and, in the midst of their ravages, mœurs grow milder, the human mind is enlightened, isolated nations approach one another; finally, commerce and politics unite all parts of the globe and the totality of mankind, through alternations of calm and agitation, good and evil, marches continuously, though with slow steps, toward a greater perfection.”
“The knowledge of nature and of the truth are as infinite as they are. The arts, whose object it is to please us, are limited as we are. Ceaselessly, time hatches new discoveries in the sciences; but poetry, painting, music, have a fixed point determined by the spirit of language, the imitation of nature, the limited sensitivity of our organs; they reach this point with slow steps and cannot go beyond it. The great men of the century of Augustus reached it, and they are still our models.”
Réflections sur la formation et la distribution des richesses (Reflections on the Formation and Distribution of Riches) 1766
A contribution to the development of Quesnay’s basic economic model and displaying similarities to the writings of Adam Smith.