Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Du Pont, René

Born: Unknown
Died: Unknown
  • Simone GuidiEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_216-1


A French polemicist of the first half of the seventeenth century. He was the author of a Philosophie des esprits published in two editions (Paris 1602, Paris 1612), in which he defended and developed, in opposition to the materialists, the concept of intelligent spiritual substance. Du Pont’s views were close to those of Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola, and he put forward a theory of human nature in the scholastic tradition, with strong influences from Hermetic, Augustinian, and neo-Platonic thought.


Human Nature Seventeenth Century Bodily Creature Original Aspect Spiritual Nature 
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Primary Literature

  1. Du Pont R (1602) La philosophie des esprits, divisée en cinq livres et generaux discours chrestiens. Antoine Mesnier, ParisGoogle Scholar

Secondary Literature

  1. Rodis-Lewis G (1990) L’anthropologie cartésienne. PUF, ParisGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SAPIENZA University of RomeRomeItaly