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Buffier, Claude (1661–1737)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DB009-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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A French Jesuit who flourished in the early eighteenth century, Buffier developed an outlook that he referred to as common-sense philosophy. While deeply influenced by the philosophies of Descartes and Locke, he saw their reliance on the testimony of inner experience to be conducive to scepticism concerning the external world. In reaction to this, he sought to establish the irrevocable claims of various ‘first truths’, which pointed towards external reality and qualified it in various respects. His work anticipates certain themes that surfaced later in the common-sense philosophy of Thomas Reid.

Citing this article:
Manns, James W.. Buffier, Claude (1661–1737), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DB009-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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