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Antoine Le Grand

(1628—1699) Franciscan friar and philosopher


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Antoine le Grand was born at Douai and probably died in London. He was educated at the College in his native city of Douai, where many English Catholics would have been among his fellow students. He became a Franciscan friar, teaching philosophy and divinity before he was sent on the English Mission. He lived for many years in Oxfordshire, living a secluded and scholarly life, dividing his time between his duties as a private tutor and his literary activity. He wrote on a number of philosophical topics, from ethics and epistemology to natural philosophy and theology, but became best known as the most prominent English Cartesian of his age. He was appointed Provincial of his order at London in 1698, but died the following year.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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