Translated, edited, and introduced by Michael W. Hickson. Leiden: Brill, 2016. Pp. xxvii + 418. isbn: 978-90-04-32141-0.Pierre Bayle’s Entretiens de Maxime et Thémiste was first published posthumously in 1707. The present volume is an important event in Bayle studies since it is the first first translation into English of a major Bayle text since the eighteenth century. Several of his major texts were first translated in the eighteenth century and some of them have been newly translated. One minor text has been translated for the first time recently. But several of Bayle’s most interesting philosophical texts have never been translated. So it is about time that they be translated, and let us hope that this volume is the first of several first translations.Granted, many scholars of skepticism can read French, and it is always better to read the original. But for those who struggle with French, this translation will make it easier to get to the heart of Bayle’s thinking. And even for those who read French well, comparing the original with this translation may help in figuring out what Bayle was trying to say in his sometimes hasty and not always clear prose. The translation is smooth and
International Journal for the Study of Skepticism – Brill
Published: Mar 5, 2018
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