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[Bayle, Pierre Bayle and Voltaire.

[Bayle, Pierre Bayle and Voltaire.

[Bayle, Pierre] Mason, H.T. Pierre Bayle and Voltaire. London, Oxford University Press, 1963. 22.1cm x 14cm. XV, 159 pages. Original Hardcover. Former library copy in very good condition with only minor signs of wear. Usual signs (stamps/library sign to lower hinge).

Includes the following chapters: Voltaire’s interest in Bayle: direct references/ works of Bayle owned by Voltaire – “Pensees diverses sur la comete”, “Nouvelles de la republique des lettres”, “Avis important aux refugies”, etc./ the critical outlook/ Old Testament Criticism/ early Christianity/ Later Christianity/ Christian institutions and beliefs/ the problem of evil/ moral and physical evil/ human nature and progress/ Manicheism/ Atheism/ universal beliefs and natural morality/ Spinoza and Agnosticism/ human and animal souls/ God: proofs and attributes/ faith and reason/ historical criticism/ religious toleration/ references concerning Bayle in Voltaire’s works and correspondence/ Bayle’s “Dictionnaire historique et critique”/ Bayle’s “OEuvres diverses” etc./

Bayle’s influence on the Enlightenment was, whether intended or not, largely subversive. Said Voltaire: “the greatest master of the art of reasoning that ever wrote, Bayle, great and wise, all systems overthrows.”

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