French philosopher / 1647-1706 / son of a Huguenot pastor near Foix / self-taught in his father’s library / 1669 relocated to Toulouse / 1670 Refuge in Geneva / study of theology / 1675-1681 profes­sor of philosophy at the Reformed Faculty in Sedan / 1681 professor at the Ecole illustre in Rotterdam, a school for Huguenot refugees / 1695-1702 publication of the Dictionnaire historique et critique / father of the French Enlightenment, the era of encyclopedic works and scientific positivism

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