- Pierre Bayle was famous for his writings. He mainly wrote about technical, religious issues.
- Some of his works are:
- Philosophical Commentary, a plea for toleration in religious matters
- Nouvelles de la republique des lettres, a literary criticism journal
- His most notable work was The Historical and Critical Dictionary, 1697. He noticed mistakes in a previous encyclopedia and decided to make his own.
- Bayle defended religious faith against attacks of reason as well as attacks on different rules set by specious religions.
- Bayle like many other philosophers argued that nothing can be known beyond all doubt.
- He was seen as an ancestor of the Enlightenment because of his concept of religious tolerance and his historical criticism
- Bayle was influential and was described by Richard Popkin as "Arsenal of the Enlightenment".
- Arguments, his ability to argue, and objections from both sides of the argument, were referred as the "Bayle enigma".
- Voltaire called Bayle "the first of the skeptical philosophers".
- He taught philosophy at the Protestant Academy of Sedan.
- He was acquainted with Rene Descartes philosophy which was "I think, therefore I am". This allowed him to argue from both sides.
- He criticized people who thought that comments are a warning sign that something bad would happen as he wrote anonymously in Various reflexions on the Comet, 1682.
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“The Comet Cometh.” Philosophy Now: a Magazine of Ideas, philosophynow.org/issues/103/The_Comet_Cometh.
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