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p. 256. Parislocked

  • Tom Sorell


‘Paris’ describes the period 1626–8 when Descartes was resident there. He must have been aware of the controversies concerning atheism and scepticism that were rife in the city, but probably did not get involved. He was friendly with many Catholic churchmen anxious to make belief in God intellectually respectable and was influenced by Guillaume Gibieuf, a member of the newly founded oratory in Paris, who helped to form some of Descartes' opinions about the human and divine will. It was through the intervention of Pierre Bérulle, a cardinal attached to the oratory, that Descartes promised to devote himself to the reform of philosophy.

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