Bayle, Pierre (16471700)

Bayle, Pierre, a native of Languedoc; first Protestant (as the son of a Calvinist minister), then Catholic, then sceptic; Professor of Philosophy at Padua, then at Rotterdam, and finally retired to the Boompjes in the latter city; known chiefly as the author of the famous Dictionnaire Historique et Critique, to the composition of which he consecrated his energies with a zeal worthy of a religious devotee, and which became the fountain-head of the sceptical philosophy that flooded France on the eve of the Revolution; pronounced by a competent judge in these matters, a mere “imbroglio of historical, philosophical, and anti-theological marine stores” (16471700).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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Bayadere
Bayard
Bayard, Chevalier de
Bayeux
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Bayle, Pierre
Baylen
Bayley, Sir John
Bayonne
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