Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Pierre Bayle" by Thomas M. Lennon
[Note: a year-by-year list of everything published on Bayle during the twentieth century is to be found below in Mori, 1999.]
- Pierre Bayle, 1679, Harangue de Mr. de Luxembourg à ses juges, reprinted in E. Lacoste, Bayle: Nouvelliste et Critique, Brussels, M. Lamertin, 1929. (Scholar)
- –––, 1697 (2nd ed. 1702) Dictionnaire historique et critique, Rotterdam: Leers.
- –––, 1727–31 (2nd ed. 1737)
Oeuvres diverses, The Hague: Husson (2nd
ed. Cie. Des Libraires).
[The rest of Bayle's work, with supplementary volumes in an edition appearing since 1964 from Hildesheim: Olms.]
- Pierre Bayle, 1734 (2nd ed.), The
Dictionary Historical and Critical of Mr Peter Bayle,
trans. P.Desmaizeaux, London: Knapton et al..
[A colorful, but generally reliable and complete translation of Bayle's great work, reprinted in 1984 from New York: Garland Publishing.]
- –––, 1987, Pierre Bayle's Philosophical
Commentary. A Modern Translation and Critical Interpretation,
trans. Amie Godman Tannenbaum, New York: Peter Lang.
[The only modern translation of the Commentaire Philosophique, but a problematic one which omits Part III and the Supplement of that work.] (Scholar)
- –––, 1991, Historical and Critical
Dictionary: Selections, trans. Richard H. Popkin, Indianapolis: Hackett.
[A useful translation of some of the philosophically most important material from the Dictionnaire.] (Scholar)
- –––, 1999–, Correspondance de Pierre Bayle, edited by Elisabeth Labrousse, Antony McKenna, et al., Oxford: Voltaire Foundation.
[The authoritative collected correspondence of Bayle with invaluable annotations. As of 2012, the project is complete to 1695.] (Scholar)
- –––, 2000, Bayle: Political Writings, trans. Sally L. Jenkinson, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
[A selection of articles from the Dictionnaire that portrays Bayle as primarily a political thinker.] (Scholar)
- –––, 2000, Various Thoughts on the Occasion of a Comet, trans. Robert Bartlett, Albany: State University of New York Press.
[The first English translation of the Pensées diverses since 1708. Includes a helpful introduction and supplementary notes.] (Scholar)
- –––, 2000, A Philosophical Commentary on These Words of the Gospel, Luke 14:23, “Compel Them to Come In, That My House May Be Full,” reprinted and introduced by John Kilcullen and Chandran Kukathas, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund.
[An unabridged edition of the Commentaire Philosophique. The text is from the 1708 London edition whose translator is unknown. The English rings comical to modern ears at times.] (Scholar)
- Bost, Hubert, 1994, Pierre Bayle et la Religion, Paris: Presses universitaires de France (Scholar)
- –––, 2006, Pierre Bayle, Paris: Fayard.
[The most recent full-length biography of Bayle–the others by Desmaizeaux and Labrousse–written by one of the most prolific Bayle scholars. Awarded the Prix XVIIème siècle.] (Scholar)
- Bost, Hubert and Antony McKenna, 2010, Les “Eclaircissements” de Pierre Bayle, Paris: Honoré Champion.
[An edition of the four “Clarifications” appended to the second edition of the Dictionnaire, and a collection of interpretative articles.] (Scholar)
- Brogi, Stefano, 1998, Teologia senza Verita: Bayle contro i “rationaux”, Milano: FrancoAngeli.
[A survey of Bayle's disputes with the Rationalist theologians Jean Le Clerc, Isaac Jaquelot, and Jacques Bernard, which were carefully followed by G.W. Leibniz as he wrote the Theodicy.] (Scholar)
- Brush , Craig, 1966, Montaigne and Bayle: Variations on the
theme of skepticism, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff.
[A somewhat dated but still useful account.] (Scholar)
- Dibon, Paul, ed., 1959, Pierre Bayle: Le philosophe de
Rotterdam, Amsterdam: Elsevier.
[The beginning of modern Bayle scholarship, with a number of still-important papers] (Scholar)
- Kilcullen, John, 1988, Sincerity and Truth, Oxford: Clarendon Press.
[A brilliant account of the views on toleration of not only Bayle, but also Arnauld.] (Scholar)
- Labroussse, Elizabeth, 1963, Pierre Bayle Vol.1: Du pays
de Foix ‡ la cit d'Erasme, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff.
[A modern biography by the doyenne of Bayle scholarship.] (Scholar)
- –––, 1964, Vol.2: Héterodoxie et
[A monumental work to be consulted for any serious work on Bayle.] (Scholar)
- –––, 1983, Bayle, trans. Denys Potts, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
[The best introduction to Bayle: clear, accessible and authoritative. A model of its kind in the Past Masters Series.] (Scholar)
- Lennon, Thomas M., 1999, Reading Bayle, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
[An attempt to deal with the Bayle enigma from the perspective of Academic skepticism.] (Scholar)
- Maia Neto, Jose, 1997, “Academic Skepticism in Early Modern Philosophy”, Journal of The History of Ideas: 199–220.
[The pioneering paper that opened up discussion of Academic skepticism, as distinct from Pyrrhonism, in the early modern period.] (Scholar)
- McKenna, Antony and Gianni Paganini, 2004, Pierre Bayle dans la République des Lettres: Philosophie, religion, critique, Paris: Honoré Champion.
[An anthology of articles by leading Bayle scholars which demonstrates the diversity of fields covered in Bayle's writings and the diversity of scholars attracted to this author.] (Scholar)
- Mori, Gianluca, 1999, Bayle: philosophe, Paris :
[By far the best argument that the logic of Bayle's thought leads to atheism ; generally of a quality second to none in the literature.] (Scholar)
- –––, 2003, “Pierre Bayle on Scepticism and Common Notions,” in The Return of Scepticism: From Hobbes and Descartes to Bayle, edited by Gianni Paganini, 393–414, Dordrecht/Boston/London: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
[An important article on the consistency of Bayle's skepticism and his dogmatic commitment to rational moral first principles.] (Scholar)
- O'Cathesaigh, Sean, 1989, “Bayle's Commentaire
philosophique, 1686,” Studies on Voltaire and the
Eighteenth Century, no.260.
[An important article on Bayle's account of toleration.] (Scholar)
- Paganini, Gianni, 1980, Analisi della fede e critica della
ragione nella filosofia di Pierre Bayle Florence: La Nuova Italia.
[By a leading Italian historian of early modern philosophy.] (Scholar)
- Popkin, Richard. H., 1980, The High Road to Pyrrhonism, San Diego: Austin Hill Press.
[One article on Bayle (and Hume), and many more at least referring to him. Bayle and Hume are mentioned passim far more often than any other author.] (Scholar)
- –––, and Vanderjagt, eds., 1993 Scepticism and Irreligion in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Leiden: E.J. Brill.
[Among other good things, this volume contains an important paper by Harry M. Bracken on Bayle's skepticism.] (Scholar)
- Rex, Walter, 1965, Essays on Pierre Bayle and Religious
Controversy, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff.
[An account of the Calvinism that dominates Bayle's work, especially before 1687.] (Scholar)
- Ryan, Todd, 2009, Pierre Bayle's Cartesian Metaphysics: Rediscovering Early Modern Philosophy, New York: Routledge.
[A careful analysis of Bayle's critiques of Locke, Leibniz, and Spinoza, which establishes Bayle's commitment to the metaphysics of Descartes.] (Scholar)
- Whelan, Ruth, 1989, The Anatomy of Superstition: A Study of the
historical theory and practice of Pierre Bayle, Oxford: Voltaire
[A thoroughly scholarly and accessible account of Bayle from as important a perspective as any: as an historian.] (Scholar)
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