Étienne Chauvin

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Étienne Chauvin (April 18, 1640 – 1725), French Protestant divine, was born in Nîmes. At the revocation of the Edict of Nantes he retired to Rotterdam where he was for some years preacher at the Walloon church; in 1695 the elector of Brandenburg appointed him pastor and professor of philosophy, and later inspector of the French college at Berlin, where he enjoyed considerable reputation as a representative of Cartesianism and as a student of physics. His principal work is a laborious Lexicon Rationale, sive Thesaurus Philosophicus (Rotterdam, 1692; new and enlarged edition, Leeuwarden, 1713). He also wrote Theses de Cognitione Dei (1662), and started the Nouveau Journal des Savants (1694–1698).

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