French Free-Thought from Gassendi to Voltaire by J. S. Spink

By J. S. Spink

This e-book makes a massive contribution to the historical past of principles in France within the century previous the most manifestations of the Enlightenment. a couple of designated reports exist already which take care of distinctive points of the idea of the interval, and works abound on person thinkers comparable to Descartes and Pascal. Professor Spink, even though, has endeavoured to provide inside a unmarried quantity an entire, coherent and balanced account of the novel inquiries in literature, philosophy, and the usual sciences that stemmed from the highbrow challenge of the 1620s. He analyses the content material of this physique of free-thought and devotes specific awareness to the ways that the recent rules have been disseminated within the face of the hostility of the civil and ecclesiastical authorities.

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1 In his imaginary travel story, the Empires de fa tune, one of the philosophers whom his traveller in inter-stellar space meets on the moon says that he used to associate with La Mothe Ie Vayer and Gassendi. Cyrano also knew and admired Marolles, the translator of Lucretius, and Rohault, a Cartesian physicist, but reading was his chief source of information. His friend and first editor Lebret says he knew all the systems of the ancient philosophers and he was certainly acquainted with the new cosmology.

1 In his imaginary travel story, the Empires de fa tune, one of the philosophers whom his traveller in inter-stellar space meets on the moon says that he used to associate with La Mothe Ie Vayer and Gassendi. Cyrano also knew and admired Marolles, the translator of Lucretius, and Rohault, a Cartesian physicist, but reading was his chief source of information. His friend and first editor Lebret says he knew all the systems of the ancient philosophers and he was certainly acquainted with the new cosmology.

The authors of utopias and imaginary travel stories, Cyrano de Bergerac, Foigny, Vairasse, maintained the tradition cloaked in fictional guise. The author of the enigmatic Theophrastus redivivus in the middle years and Jean Meslier in the closing years of the century or the first years of the next, systematized the tenets of philosophical and political radicalism in the most downright and uncompromising manner. 1 Guez de Balzac and Tallemant des Reaux also tell the story of a foreign nobleman, reputed to be Maurice of Nassau (d.

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