Sincerity and Truth: Essays on Arnauld, Bayle, and Toleration

Oxford University Press (1988)

Abstract

Philosophical Commentary on the Words of the Gospel 'Compel Them to Come In', written by the Protestant philosopher Pierre Bayle in 1686-88, was a classic statement of the case for toleration at a time of extreme persecution. This collection of Kilcullen's writings on Bayle's work examines a wide range of 17th-century religious and philosophical issues, including Bayle's arguments, Arnauld's attack on Jesuit moral theories similar to Bayle's, the uses and limitations of "reciprocity" arguments, the "ethics of belief," and questions of moral responsibility and free will.

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Conclusion: Sincerity and Being Right

This chapter argues against certain aspects in Baylea's moral theory and considers what effect rejecting them has on his case for toleration. Bayle identifies moral goodness with deserving praise and badness with deserving blame and punishment; he distinguishes between goodness and rightne... see more

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Toleration.Rainer Forst - 2012 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Toleration.Andrew Jason Cohen - 2013 - In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Oxford: pp. 5150-5160.
Bayle on the (Ir)Rationality of Religious Belief.Kristen Irwin - 2013 - Philosophy Compass 8 (6):560-569.
Pierre Bayle.Thomas M. Lennon - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Antoine Arnauld.Elmar Kremer - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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