Victor Brochard


Victor Charles Louis Brochard (French: [bʁɔʃaʁ]; 29 June 1848 – 25 November 1907) was a French philosopher and historian of philosophy.


Victor Brochard was born in Quesnoy-sur-Deûle. He entered the École Normale Supérieure in 1868, and in 1872 was appointed professor of philosophy at the lycée de Pau. After a succession of other lycée appointments, he was appointed lecturer at the École Normale Supérieure in 1886. A few years later he was appointed professor of the history of ancient philosophy at the Sorbonne.[1]

Brochard died in Paris.

Friedrich Nietzsche read and used Brochard's book on the Greek Skeptics intensively.[2]


  • De l'erreur, 1879.
  • (ed.) Discours de la méthode by René Descartes. 1883.
  • Les sceptiques grecs, 1887.
  • Études de philosophie ancienne et de philosophie moderne, 1912.


  1. ^ François Pillon, 'Victor Brochard (1848-1907): Notice nécrologique, Année philosophique, XVIII, 1907, pp. 285–286.
  2. ^ Andreas Urs Sommer: Nihilism and Skepticism in Nietzsche, in: Keith Ansell Pearson (ed.), A Companion to Nietzsche, Oxford 2006, pp. 250–269.