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"The Dictionary, however, is Bayle's masterpiece."
Why? It would be nice if the article described what the dictionary was exactly about, and why it was a masterpiece.--Chinawhitecotton 06:28, 25 July 2006 (UTC)
I agree. The article is ripe with such lauding but empty wordings like "his masterpiece", "outstanding" or "second to none". Str1977(talk) 08:48, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
The Dictionairy is described in Wikipedia so I do not understand the question above.
Pierre Bayle is considered an important philosopher. He is one of the early philosophers of the Enlightenment. His special contribution was the philosophical theory around tolerance. He established himself in Rotterdam, around 1681 where he was visited by some of the great thinkers of his time, such as John Locke. Between 2008 and 2015, a monument to him and his philosophy will be erected in Rotterdam, making him notable in the Netherlands and the Walloon Community (amongst others).