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Bernardus Philos[ophiae] & Mathes[is]
Professor. 26. maij. 1715.
What is ugly to do is neither nice to say.
I wrote this in Leiden, in order to give proof
of my appreciation of the owner of this book.
Bernard, professor of mathematics and
philosophy, on May 26, 1715
25. Leiden, May 26, 1715
(1658-1718), French Protestant
Jacques Bernard was born on September 1, 1658 in
Nion, in the former Dauphiné county of southern France, where
Reformation was well spread already in the 16th century. His
father was the French minister Salomon Bernard, and his mother
Madeleine Galatin. He learned in the Reformed school of Die, then
went to attend theology and philosophy in Geneva together with his
relative and friend Jean le Clerc (1657-1736). In 1679 he returned
home, preached in Venterol, Vinsobre and in other places, and once
with the members of his church he resisted the army sent out
against heretics. This is why he had to leave France in 1683.
First he went to Geneva and Lausanne, but when Louis XIV in 1685
withdrew the Edict of Nantes (1598), he left for the Netherlands.
He became minister in Tergow with the recommendation of Le Clerc,
then the town of Gouda invited him a Vallon preacher. In 1687 he
was married. Two years later he settled in The Hague, and began to
teach mathematics, philosophy and humanities. In 1705 he became
Vallon preacher in Leiden, and from 1712 he was the professor of
philosophy and mathematics at the university of Leiden. He died on
April 27, 1718 in Leiden. He was a zealous preacher, somewhat
verbose in his writings, Republican in spirit and tolerant in
religion, a follower of Descartes and later of Newton in science.
From 1691 he was an assistant editor of the Bibliothèque universelle et historique
(Amsterdam) on the side of Jean Le Clerc, and when this latter had
to give up working because of the death of the editor, from 1693
on the 20-25th volumes were edited by Bernard. He was also the
editor of the volumes 1699-1710 and 1716-1718 of the Nouvelles de la république
des lettres (Amsterdam), launched by Pierre Bayle (1647-1706).
Some of his works are: Histoire abrégée de l’Europe.
Leiden, 1686, 1688. – Epistola tolerantiae, Gouda, 1689. -
Oratio inaug. de philosophiae utilitate et necessitate,
Leiden, 1712. – De l'excellence de la religion chrétienne
… Amsterdam, 1714. – Traité de la repentance tardive.
Amsterdam: Wetstein, 1712.
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