Historical Who is Who

BAYLE, Pierre

1647 - 1706


Though born in the south of France, his Huguenot (Protestant) predisposition made it necessary for him to move to Holland. He was and is recognised as a major instigator and resource for clarity of thinking in all matters pertaining to ethics and religion. These include the relation between faith and reason, evil, the limits of conscience. His voluminous Historical and Critical Dictionary was a space for subjecting all manner of beliefs and arguments to sceptical review and analysis.






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