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Senancour, Étienne Pivert de

(Encyclopedia) Senancour, Étienne Pivert de ātyĕn´ pēvĕr´ də sənäNco͞or´ [key], 1770–1846, French writer. He is known principally for his autobiographical epistolary novel…

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Étienne de la Boéce

Étienne de la BoéceI serve you not, if you I follow, Shadowlike, o'er hill and hollow; And bend my fancy to your leading, All too nimble for my treading. When the pilgrimage is done, And we'…

La Boétie, Étienne de

(Encyclopedia) La Boétie, Étienne de ātyĕn´ də lä bôāsē´ [key], 1530–63, French judge and writer. He served with Montaigne in the Bordeaux parlement and is immortalized in Montaigne…

Condillac, Étienne Bonnot de

(Encyclopedia) Condillac, Étienne Bonnot de ātyĕn´ bônō´ də kôNdēyäk´ [key], 1715–80, French philosopher who developed the theory of sensationalism (i.e., that all knowledge comes from…

Choiseul, Étienne François, duc de

(Encyclopedia) Choiseul, Étienne François, duc de ātyĕn´ fräNswä´ dük də shwäzöl´ [key], 1719–85, French statesman. After successful service in the army he entered the diplomatic…

Clavière, Étienne

(Encyclopedia) Clavière, Étienne ātyĕn´ klävyĕr´ [key], 1735–93, French financier. A merchant and banker of Geneva, he participated (1782) in the popular revolution at Geneva and was…

Pasquier, Étienne

(Encyclopedia) Pasquier, Étienne ātyĕn´ päkyā´ [key], 1529–1615, French jurist and man of letters. After study under Jacques Cujas, Pasquier began his legal career in 1549. Always a…

Gilson, Étienne

(Encyclopedia) Gilson, Étienne ātyĕn´ zhēlsôN´ [key], 1884–1978, French philosopher and historian, b. Paris. He taught the history of medieval philosophy at the Sorbonne (1921–32) and…