Jean de Launoy

Jean de Launoy (1603-1678) was a doctor of Theology [1, p539] and an erudite historian [4, p731].

“Launoy specialized in the argument e silentio – the negative argument, as it was called at the time.” – Jean-Louis Quantin [3, p411]

He earned the title of dénicheur de saints [1, p539]. “On Launoy’s nickname, see Jean-Baptiste Thiers, Defensio aduersus Iohannis de Launoy, Constantiensis, Theologi Parisiensis (Paris, 1664), sig. a3v; Menagiana, 3rd ed., 4 vols. (Paris, 1715), 2:210, 4:132-33″ [3, p409].

Voltaire described Launoy as a “hard-working savant and a fearless critic. He disabused people of several errors, and particularly of the existence of several saints” [3, p408].

Biographical Timeline:

1603 – He was born.

1634 – He obtained his doctorate of Theology from the Faculty of Theology in Paris [1, p539].

1678 – He died.

Works:

1636 – Syllabus rationum [1, p544].

1653 – On the Varying Fortunes of Aristotle at the University of Paris (Edmund Martin) [1, p542].

1662 – De varia Artistotelis in Academia Parisiensi fortuna (Paris: Edmund Martin) [1, p539].

1731-1732 – Opera omnia (Geneva) [2].

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References:

[1] – Headley, John M. “Tommaso Campanella and Jean De Launoy: The Controversy over Aristotle and His Reception in the West.” Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 43, no. 3, 1990, pp. 529–550. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/2862558. Accessed 24 July 2020.

[2] – Lenoble, Robert. “Histoire Et Physique: A Propos Des Conseils De Mersenne Aux Historiens Et De L’intervention De Jean De Launoy Dans La Querelle Gassendiste.” Revue D’histoire Des Sciences Et De Leurs Applications, vol. 6, no. 2, 1953, pp. 112–134. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/23903903. Accessed 24 July 2020.

[3] – Quantin, Jean-Louis. “Reason and Reasonableness in French Ecclesiastical Scholarship.” Huntington Library Quarterly, vol. 74, no. 3, 2011, pp. 401–436. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/hlq.2011.74.3.401. Accessed 24 July 2020.

[4] – De Boer, Josephine. “Men’s Literary Circles in Paris 1610-1660.” PMLA, vol. 53, no. 3, 1938, pp. 730–780. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/458651. Accessed 24 July 2020.

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