- 1. Dates
- Born: 1614
- Died: 1684
- Dateinfo: Dates Certain
- Lifespan: 70
- 2. Father
- Occupation: Government Official
- His father was adviser and secretary to the king, and to Marguerite l'Empereur.
- The family is said to have been distinguished but not wealthy. I take this to mean at least affluence.
- 3. Nationality
- Birth: France
- Career: France
- Death: France
- 4. Education
- Schooling: No University
- no information.
- 5. Religion
- Affiliation: Catholic (assumed)
- 6. Scientific Disciplines
- Primary: Scientific Communication
- His fame rests solely on his unswerving admiration and boundless devotion to Descartes.
- Clerselier was responsible for the first edition of the French translation of the Meditations (1647); He himself translated the "Objections" and the "Reponses." He completely revised and corrected the second edition (1661). After Descartes' death he published three volumes of Lettres (1657- 1667). In 1659 he brought out in the same volume L'homme and the Traité de la formation du foetus. In 1667 he published a second edition, to which he added Le monde ou Traité de la lumière, based on the original manuscript.
- 7. Means of Support
- Primary: Personal Means, Law, Government
- In 1630 he married Ann de Virlorieux, who brought a considerable dowry.
- He was a counsel (avocat) to the Parlement of Paris and proxy for Pierre Chanut, treasurer general of Auvergne, who had been sent to Sweden by the king as his representative.
- 8. Patronage
- Type: Government Official
- This is my interpretation of the position as proxy.
- 9. Technological Involvement
- Types: None
- 10. Scientific Societies
- Memberships: None
- Relationship with Descartes. He devoted himself to publishing Descartes' works (see above). Descartes himself said of Clerselier that Clerselier had been "at once his translator, his apologist, and his mediator."
- Charles Adam, "Clerselier éditeur des lettres de Descartes 1557- 1559-1567", Séances et travaux de l'Académie des sciences morales et politiques, 145 (1896), p.722-54.
- Rene Descartes, Oeuvres, Charles Adam and Paul Tannery eds., Paris, 1896-1913, esp. Correspondence, passim.
- Hoefer, Nouvelle biographie générale, (Paris, 1857-66), 10, 846- 7.
- Dictionnaire de biographie Française, 8, 1524.
- Compiled by:
- Richard S. Westfall
- Department of History and Philosophy of Science
- Indiana University
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