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Pierre Bayle

French philosopher and writer

1647   -   1706

country of citizenship: France
native language: French
occupation: philosopher, writer, professor, journalist, literary critic, theologian, historian, lexicographer

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Pierre Bayle (French: [bɛl]; 18 November 1647 – 28 December 1706) was a French philosopher and writer best known for his seminal work the Historical and Critical Dictionary, publication beginning in 1697. Bayle was a Calvinist Protestant (Huguenot). As a forerunner of the Encyclopedists and an advocate of the principle of the toleration his works subsequently influenced the development of the Enlightenment.
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