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Historical and Critical Dictionary: Selections Paperback – March 15, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0872201033 ISBN-10: 0872201031

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Pub Co (March 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872201031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872201033
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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Pierre Bayle (1647-1706), Protestant philosopher and critic, was born in France. In 1675 he became professor of philosophy at Sedan until forced into exile in Rotterdam in 1681, where he published works on religion with a liberal and tolerant tendency. He was dismissed from his position at the Huguenot refugees academy in 1693 following the accusation that he was an agent of France and an enemy of Protestantism. In 1696 he completed his major work, the Dictionnaire historique et critique. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dominick Boyle on October 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
These selections from his Historical and Critical Dictionary are full of profound thoughts about the human condition, coupled with hilarious snipes at other philosophers and outlooks. His system of multi tiered footnotes is at once infuriating for its complexity, but also brilliant in the way it allows him to structurally draw distinctions and go into ever more involved tangents. I would say, however, that I prefer his "Various Thoughts on the Occasion of a Comet". I found it both more accessible and more entertaining to read. I also prefer the format. That said, I find myself revisiting both books.
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6 of 48 people found the following review helpful By brewster ximmer "jcc" on October 5, 2004
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Well, he was the most widely read philosopher in France throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, so he must have said something smart. But, his fifteen minutes of fame only lasted 150 years, today's he's unknown.
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