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Pierre Coste

(1668—1747) translator and writer


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Pierre Coste was born at Uzès, near Nîmes, but left France when relatively young. He died in Paris on 24 January 1747. He was educated for the Calvinist ministry, first at Anduze, then at the Academy of Geneva, and later at Lausanne, Zurich and Leiden (obviously avoiding France because of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes). The Walloon Synod in Amsterdam accepted him as a minister in 1690, but he seems to have preached little, preferring a literary career, translating works from Latin, Italian and English. He came to England as a tutor in 1697. He must have had some knowledge of science (he published a translation of Newton's Opticks in 1720), for he was made a member of the Royal Society in 1742.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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