Noted Hume Scholars:
Sir L. A. Selby-Bigge
Norman Kemp Smith
Charles W. Hendel
Mary Shaw Kuypers
Galvano Della Volpe
Ralph W. Church Constance Maund
Ernest C. Mossner
Rachael M. Kydd
Páll S. Árdal P. H. Nidditch
André-Louis Leroy (July 8, 1892 - May 7, 1967) was born in Sedan, was orphaned early, and belonged to the generation whose studies were interrupted by the First World War. He did his duty bravely at Verdun, for which he was decorated. He resumed his studies at Amiens and at Lille, and held several temporary teaching posts until 1927, when he joined the faculty at Le Mans. From 1938 to 1955 he taught philosophy at Ghaptal college, and after that at Lakanal. From 1944 until 1961 he offered a course of English philosophy at the Sorbonne. He then retired to Nîmes, where the dry climate was more suited to the health of Mrs. Leroy. In 1964 he was Visiting Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles.
In 1930, as a professor at Le Mans, he completed his thesis under the direction of Emile Bréhier: La critique et la religion chez David Hume. He subsequently published a commentary on Shaftesbury, and a number of translations of Berkeley and of Hume. Among the latter were Traité de la nature humain (1946), and Enquête sur lentendement humain, and Enquête sur les principes de la morale (1947). Leroys main contributions are of course the two synthetic works that appeared in the series Les Grands Penseurs: David Hume (1953) and George Berkeley (1959); not to mention a small book on Locke (1964).
Selected and translated from Pierre-Maxime Schuhl, Revue Philosophique de la France et de l'Étranger, T. 157 (1967)
André-Louis Leroy is one of the foremost scholars of English
philosophy in the world today. His work is, unfortunately, not
as well known in America as it ought to be. Beginning with his
book La critique et la religion chez David Hume in 1930, and
continuing in various articles on Hume, Berkeley, and others,
Professor Leroy has contributed greatly to the understanding of
many aspects of English philosophy. His translations, especially
of Humes Treatise and Enquiries, have rendered classical English
thought more accessible to the French philosophical audience.
Selected from Richard H. Popkin, Review of André-Louis Leroy, David Hume, The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 52, No. 2 (Jan. 20, 1955)