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‘A Smattering of the New Philosophy’: Étienne Gaussen (ca. 1638–1675) and the Cartesian Question at Saumur

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This chapter pursues Jean-Robert Chouet's claims regarding his predecessor's alleged flirtation with Cartesianism in the classroom by examining the contemporary sources for further evidence. Such supporting evidence is in fact necessary for locating Étienne Gaussen's place in the history of Cartesianism at the academy of Saumur on at least two accounts. First, Chouet recorded these biographical notices in 1721, when he was almost 80 years old and removed from the events by a distance of well over 50 years. Not surprisingly, there are points in the manuscript where Chouet's memory clearly fails him-although, to be fair, the errors identified seem to concern simple errors of fact. After sketching out the background against which Gaussen's professorate must be examined, the chapter illustrates how and why Gaussen introduced Cartesianism in his classroom. It draws several conclusions regarding his place in the history of its reception at the academy of Saumur.

Keywords: Étienne Gaussen; Cartesianism; Jean-Robert Chouet; Saumur academy



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