1676 he entered the Benedictine congregation of Saint-Vanne and was probably a disciple of Robert Desgabets, the most important philosopher of that congregation, who was well acquainted with the works of Descartes and Malebranche and even applied Descarter to theology. In 1698, however, Sperlette gave up his vows, moved to Holland, and became a Protestant. In 1689 he was appointed professor of French in Berlin’s gymnasium, of which he became rector in 1691. In 1695, he was the very first Philosophiae professor publicus to be appointed at the newly founded University of Halle, a position he kept until his death in Halle in 1740. Since 1705 he was on the chair of Moral philosophy and since 1720 (at the time of the controversy on Wolff) the senior of the philosophical faculty. At first he disliked Joachim Lange’s initiative and voted for Wolff until 1723, he later took distance from him, however, in order to avoid connection with Wolff’s dangerous doctrines.
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