Bayle--political writings by Jenkinson, Sally L.; Bayle, Pierre

By Jenkinson, Sally L.; Bayle, Pierre

Sally Jenkinson's masterful new choice from Bayle's Dictionnaire Historique et Critique offers the reader with a coherent direction via Bayle's huge paintings. Her authoritative translation, cautious textual content choice, and lucid creation should be welcomed via students and scholars of the background of principles, political thought, cultural background and French studies.


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Their school promoted the new idea of government that endorsed civil tolerance, and thereby prepared xxix Introduction the ground for Henry IV’s Edict of Nantes and its reign of eightyseven years. In Bayle’s judgement, the better aspects of this movement, which had once united sovereign impartiality with religious toleration, deserved to be reinstated, since de l’Hoˆpital, Henry IV and their supporters among moderates and politiques had not only brought peace with justice, but had created a corps of civil jurists to implement the new arrangements (Hoˆp (L), (P), (S)).

Xl Values advance a similar case in defence of his choice of Catholicism (Nic (C)). This was his way of concluding that many factors – faith, reason and loyalty included – had their place in ethical commitment, but because an agent acted in an individual capacity, integrity of motive defined the psychology of the ethical act. The axiom of public justice that seems to summarise Bayle’s thinking was that the ruler was obliged to ‘persecute no one for his opinions in religion’ (cited above). Respect for private conscience had been sanctioned by the diplomatic community as early as the Religious Peace of Augsburg of .

Of Commentaire philosophique, ], ed. and trans. Amie Godman Tannenbaum. Bern: Peter Lang. () [], Pierre Bayle: Historical and Critical Dictionary. Selections, ed. R. H. Popkin; trans. R. H. Popkin and C. Brush. nd edn. Indianapolis and Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (– ), Correspondance de Pierre Bayle, ed. Elisabeth Labrousse, Edward James, Antony McKenna, Maria-Christina Pitassi, Ruth Whelan. Vol. , –, Lettres –.  vols. (Vols. ) Oxford: Voltaire Foundation.

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