By James Force, Professor of English David S Katz
Richard H. Popkin has already been celebrated in Festschriften as one of many century's maximum historians of philosophy. This most up-to-date publication, whose editors have been between those that ready the 1st volumes, facilities on Popkin's an important function in bringing jointly students from around the globe in a protracted sequence of educational meetings and realized conferences which helped remodel the sphere from considered one of solitary endeavour right into a 'Republic of Letters'.
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At the meeting in the institute for the study of the history of philosophy and science I had the opportunity to meet and talk to some of the new younger scholars Guido Paganini, Guido Canziani and Anna Maria Baldi, were working on topics related to my own interests. These interactions always helped me focus and develop my ideas, and learn what others were doing. From Milan I went to a wonderful conference at Cortona on the first reception of Spinoza's ideas. Paulo Christofolini and Onarorio Nicastro of Pisa brought a group of us together to discuss the first reactions to Spinoza.
Both my older grandsons were attending school in Lyon, were pretty proficient in French by then, and were playing chess with their classmates. The oldest, Gabriel, actually got on the city of Lyon team, and made quite a few trips around Europe with the team. O n the first day I was there Jeremy had arranged for me to see the copy of the Complutensien Polyglot Bible that was in the Bibliothèque de Lyon. It was the first actual copy that I was able to see, and it added greatly to my understanding of what the Polyglot Bible project involved.
Then one could call them up, and print the ones one wished to study further. After we were shown how this was done, we were given the opportunity to try it out. We got files on "Jew", "Israelites", "Quakers" and lots more that I have still not sorted. We had to do this quickly because a large conference was going to be held at the University of Sheffield to celebrate the launching of the computerized Hartlib papers on C D - R O M disks that any library could obtain. I was one of the featured speakers, and gave a talk on Hartlib, Dury and the Jews, dealing with their philo-semitic millenarian activities, putting together materials I had gathered from the Hartlib papers earlier, from the Dury archives in Zurich, papers in the British Museum, plus others in Stockholm, Kassel and elsewhere.