Pierre Bayle

1647 - 1706

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Pierre Bayle (French: [bɛl]; 18 November 1647 – 28 December 1706) was a French philosopher, author, and lexicographer. A Huguenot, Bayle fled to the Dutch Republic in 1681 because of religious persecution in France. He is best known for his Historical and Critical Dictionary, whose publication began in 1697. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pierre Bayle has received more than 248,851 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Pierre Bayle is the 179th most popular philosopher (up from 191st in 2019), the 369th most popular biography from France (up from 399th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular French Philosopher.

Pierre Bayle was a French philosopher who was most famous for his contributions to the philosophy of skepticism.

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Among philosophers, Pierre Bayle ranks 179 out of 1,089Before him are Max Scheler, Porphyry, Josef Breuer, John Scotus Eriugena, George Herbert Mead, and Max Stirner. After him are Julien Offray de La Mettrie, Sextus Empiricus, Alcuin, Han Fei, Posidonius, and John Venn.

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Among people born in 1647, Pierre Bayle ranks 2Before him is Denis Papin. After him are Maria Sibylla Merian, Margaret Mary Alacoque, John George III, Elector of Saxony, Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark, Suleiman of Persia, Giovanni Ceva, Constantine Phaulkon, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, Elisabeth Hevelius, and Petter Dass. Among people deceased in 1706, Pierre Bayle ranks 2Before him is Johann Pachelbel. After him are Peter II of Portugal, 6th Dalai Lama, Princess Wilhelmine Ernestine of Denmark, Andreas Werckmeister, Rahman Baba, Georg Joseph Kamel, Arsenije III Čarnojević, Bernhard I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, Ferdinand de Marsin, and John Evelyn.

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Among people born in France, Pierre Bayle ranks 369 out of 5,234Before him are Gregory of Tours (538), Pope Innocent V (1225), Theodor Eicke (1892), Anouk Aimée (1932), Jeanne d'Albret (1528), and Claude Bernard (1813). After him are Baldwin I of Jerusalem (1058), Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709), Marin Mersenne (1588), Jean-Baptiste Say (1767), Philip the Bold (1342), and Philippe Noiret (1930).


Among philosophers born in France, Pierre Bayle ranks 22Before him are Simone Weil (1909), Marquis de Condorcet (1743), Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715), Paul Ricœur (1913), Jean Buridan (1295), and Ernest Renan (1823). After him are Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709), Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), Jean-François Lyotard (1924), Nicolas Malebranche (1638), Pierre Gassendi (1592), and Étienne Bonnot de Condillac (1714).