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Pierre Gassendi was a French philosopher, Catholic priest, astronomer, and mathematician. While he held a church position in south-east France, he also spent much time in Paris, where he was a leader of a group of free-thinking intellectuals
Up to the present little attention has been paid to Gassendi. The want of a reliable account of his philosophy has caused him to be neglected, for the nature of his own writings is such as would naturally obscure the value of his message. Hallam, in his Introduction to the Literature of Europe (Part iv. chap, iii.), indicates the extent to which Gassendi has been neglected and also the reasons. He refers to Gassendi s “prolixity of the statement,” ” prodigality of learning,” and ” display of erudition,” characteristics which have all militated against recognition of his real merits. In consequence, he is little more than a name, or is known as the original of Bernier s work, and is either misunderstood or pushed aside as one who challenged Descartes from an antiquated and untenable standpoint.
Author: George Sidney Brett