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Title: Pierre Bayle, rationalism and religious faith: self-evident truths and particular truths
Authors: McKenna, Antony
Keywords: Pierre BaylePierre JurieuRationalismFaithFideismelf-evident truthsCommentaire PhilosophiqueDictionnaire historique et critiqueAtheismCommon notions
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Antony McKenna, "Pierre Bayle, rationalism and religious faith: self-evident truths and particular truths" in: "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2018) XX/3", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2018, pp. 163-181
Journal: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
We examine the premises of the interpretation of Bayle as a sceptic and fideist and seek to
refute some of the arguments advanced in favour of that reading. The crucial distinction
between moral principles and “particular” or “speculative” truths allows us to present Bayle
as a moral rationalist, who insists on the irrational nature of the Christian faith,
incompatible with the self-evident principles of natural morals. Bayle’s fideistic stance – i.e.
his adoption of Jurieu’s definition of faith – is presented as a “shield” against persecution.
His arguments on the existence of God and on His nature are always conducted within the
framework of a hypothetical concession designed to contribute to the radical refutation of
rationalist theology.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
DOI: 10.13137/1825-5167/22593
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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