Francois Vayer

Francois VayerIn existographies, Francois Vayer (1588-1672) (IQ:170|#330), aka “L'amotte le Vayer” (Holbach, 1770) or “La Mothe le Vayer” (Thomson, 1996), pseudonym Orosius Tubero, was a French writer and anti-religious philosopher, characterized as the "one of the leading exponents of French Pyrrhonism" (Ѻ) (see: Pyrrho), tutor of Louis XIV, a close friend of Moliere, inheritor of the Michel Montaigne personal library, the popularizer of Sextus Empiricus, noted for []

Vayer was a close friend of French playwright and comedic actor Moliere (IQ:165|#387) (Cattell 1000:39) (Murray 4000:8|WL), and it is said that many of Moliere’s plays were based on Vayer’s erudite and savage (if carefully hidden) criticism of religious hypocrisy.

La Mettrie
In 1642, Vayer, in his The Virtue of the Pagans, discussed ideas of the pagans, particularly the stoics; this work was later cited several times by Julien la Mettrie in his Anti-Seneca. [1]

Quotes | On
The following are quotes on Vayer:

Vayer was independent French thinker and writer who developed a philosophy of skepticism more radical than that of Michel Montaigne but less absolute than that of Pierre Bayle.”
— Anon (c.2017), Britannica (Ѻ)

Quotes | By
The following are quotes by Vayer:

“Of the most dependable things, the safest is to doubt.”
— Francois Vayer (c.1650) (Ѻ)

Theanthropy (Ѻ) is the foundation of every system of Christianity.”
— Francois Vayer (c.1655) Publication; cited by Baron d’Holbach (1770) in The System of Nature [2]

1. (a) Vayer, Francois. (1642). The Virtue of the Pagans (De la Vertue des Payens). Publisher.
(b) La Mettrie, Julien. (1751). Machine Man and Other Writings: Treatise on the Soul, Man as Plant, The System of Epicurus, Anti-Seneca or the Sovereign Good, Preliminary Discourse (translator and editor: Ann Thomson) (Vayer, pg. xxii). Cambridge University Press, 1996.
2. d’Holbach, Baron. (1770). The System of Nature: Laws of the Moral and Physical World (notes by Denis Diderot; translator: H.D. Robinson) (pg. 181). J.P. Mendum, 1889.

Further reading
● Vayer, Francois. (1653). “Of a Man Born Blind”. Publisher; in: Blindness and Enlightenment (translator: Kate Tunstall) (§: Appendix Two, pgs. 229-37). Bloomsbury, 2011.

External links
Francois de La Mothe Le Vayer – Wikipedia.

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