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Pierre Bayle

(1647—1706)


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(1647–1706),

sceptical writer. He was a professor at Rotterdam from 1681 to 1693. He held that religion and morality being independent of one another, all private and social virtues may be equally practised by atheists, and he championed universal toleration. His most famous work was his Dictionnaire historique et critique (1695–7).

Subjects: Literature.


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