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The Protestant Critics of Bayle at the Dawn of the Enlightenment
Scepticism in the Eighteenth Century: Enlightenment, Lumières, Aufklärung (2013)
  • Anton Matytsin, Kenyon College
Abstract
The learned world of the early-eighteenth century encountered a veritable crisis of confidence in man’s ability to know the surrounding world with any degree of certainty. Thinkers who attempted to strengthen or to construct anew the epistemological foundations of human knowledge saw the skepticism of Pierre Bayle as the most dangerous challenge to their project. This paper discusses the ways in which two Huguenot critics of Bayle, Swiss logician Jean-Pierre de Crousaz and Amsterdam theologian David Renaud Boullier, attempted to answer the arch-Pyrrhonist’s skeptical arguments, thereby revealing the dynamics of the interaction between skeptical and rationalist thought in the early Enlightenment.
Keywords
  • human mind,
  • moral truth,
  • surrounding world,
  • intellectual culture,
  • sceptical doubt
Publication Date
2013
Editor
Sébastien Charles and Plinio Junqueira Smith
Publisher
Springer
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4810-1_5
Citation Information
Anton Matytsin. "The Protestant Critics of Bayle at the Dawn of the Enlightenment" DordrechtScepticism in the Eighteenth Century: Enlightenment, Lumières, Aufklärung (2013) p. 63 - 76
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/anton-matytsin/8/