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II - Prolegomena

Pierre Bayle: a Life in the Republic of Letters at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century

from Part II - Pierre Bayle and the Emancipation of Religion from Philosophy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 March 2022

Dmitri Levitin
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University of Oxford
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This chapter introduces Part II, on Pierre Bayle. It provides an intellectual-biographical account of Bayle’s career, emphasising both his deep immersion in circles of Reformed scholars and theologians, and the reactive dimension of his writing, which were almost always shaped by his most recent reading. It urges caution about trying to find a coherent system in all of Bayle’s writings, and instead presents a framework for a developmental account of his thought. It also introduces the historiographical debate about Bayle, and the so-called ‘Bayle enigma’. It suggests that that enigma can be dissolved even if we carefully place Bayle in his own context, and avoid misleading categories such as ‘scepticism’ and ‘fideism’.

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The Kingdom of Darkness
Bayle, Newton, and the Emancipation of the European Mind from Philosophy
, pp. 227 - 250
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Prolegomena
  • Dmitri Levitin, University of Oxford
  • Book: The Kingdom of Darkness
  • Online publication: 23 March 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108934152.007
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  • Prolegomena
  • Dmitri Levitin, University of Oxford
  • Book: The Kingdom of Darkness
  • Online publication: 23 March 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108934152.007
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  • Prolegomena
  • Dmitri Levitin, University of Oxford
  • Book: The Kingdom of Darkness
  • Online publication: 23 March 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108934152.007
Available formats
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