1647 November 18, born at le Carla-le-Comte near Pamiers, the son of a Calvinist minister. 1669- Converts to Catholicism but later reverts to Calvinism. 1674 Fleeing persecution he goes to Geneva where he is exposed to Cartesianism. 1674 Returns to France incognito and tutors in Paris and Rouen. 1675 Appointed to the chair of philosophy at the Protestant university of Sedan. 1681 The university is supressed and he moves to Rotterdam where he becomes professor of philosophy and history at the ecole illustre. 1682 Publishes pseudonymously his Diverse thoughts on the Comet of 1680. 1684 Begins publication of the journal, Nouvelles de la republique des lettres, one of the first scholarly journals of modern times. 1693 Loses his chair after having been attributed the author of a tract offensive to the government. Spends the next nine years working on his Dictionnaire historique et critique, which had an enormous impact on late seventeenth century thought. Spends the rest of his life encouraging toleration toward both Protestants and Catholics. 1702 Publishes second edition of Dictionnaire. 1706 December 28, dies in Rotterdam.
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BibliographyPensees diverses sur la comets de 1680 Nouvelles de la republique des lettres Dictionnaire historique et critique Commentaire philosophique sur le Compelle Entrare