Talk:Pierre Bayle

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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).
If you are interested in the Dictonairy, I suggest you look here The ARTFL project website
If you are really interested in Bayle or the Dictionairy and why he and it are important, have a look at the website of Stanford University, which I believe is a notable institution. (talk) 14:30, 2 October 2011 (UTC)


There is a contradiction in this article regarding his deathplace. The infobox says Paris, while the article itself says Rotterdam. Brutannica (talk) 21:42, 31 January 2013 (UTC)


Is there any further information in existence about Bayle's family? In particular, did he have any children or siblings?   — C M B J   23:25, 2 June 2013 (UTC)

Manichi system[edit]

LOCHMAN, J. BIRCH, T. AND BERNARD, J.P. General, Historical and Critical Dictionary, in which a new and accurate translation of that of the celebrated Mr. Bayle, with the corrections and observations printed in the late edition at Paris is included, interspersed with several thousand lives never before published. The whole containing the history of the most illustrious persons of all ages and nations, particularly those of great Britain and Ireland, distinguished by their rank, actions, learning and other accomplishments with reflections on such passages of Mr. Bayle as seem to favour scepticism and the Manichi system. London, 1741, 9 vols. fol.

  • Manichi system was a significant influence ? How say ye. (talk) 10:54, 11 February 2015 (UTC)