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Pierre Bayle's Correspondence and Its Significance for the History of Ideas

Pierre Bayle's Correspondence and Its Significance for the History of Ideas <p>Abstract:</p><p>The complete scholarly edition of Bayle&apos;s correspondence adds many new and intriguing details to our knowledge of his career, associates, and preoccupations. However, Bayle was always guarded and cautious about his innermost thoughts and purposes; many of his core concerns and commitments remain veiled from our view. Thus the continuing basic disagreement in recent scholarly literature about him—was he ultimately a committed Protestant, Pyrronist skeptic, atheist, or "Spinozist"&apos;?—is unlikely to be resolved any time soon. Even so, there are grounds for arguing that the scholarly edition provides evidence that does enable us to considerably narrow that disagreement.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the History of Ideas University of Pennsylvania Press

Pierre Bayle&apos;s Correspondence and Its Significance for the History of Ideas

Journal of the History of Ideas , Volume 80 (3) – Jul 17, 2019

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<p>Abstract:</p><p>The complete scholarly edition of Bayle&apos;s correspondence adds many new and intriguing details to our knowledge of his career, associates, and preoccupations. However, Bayle was always guarded and cautious about his innermost thoughts and purposes; many of his core concerns and commitments remain veiled from our view. Thus the continuing basic disagreement in recent scholarly literature about him—was he ultimately a committed Protestant, Pyrronist skeptic, atheist, or "Spinozist"&apos;?—is unlikely to be resolved any time soon. Even so, there are grounds for arguing that the scholarly edition provides evidence that does enable us to considerably narrow that disagreement.</p>

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Journal of the History of IdeasUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Jul 17, 2019

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