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Bayle(bāl, bĕl), Pierre 1647-1706.
French philosopher and critic. Considered the progenitor of 18th-century rationalism, he compiled the famous Dictionnaire historique et critique (1697) and championed the cause of religious tolerance.
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(Biography) Pierre (pjɛr). 1647–1706, French philosopher and critic, noted for his Dictionnaire historique et critique (1697), which profoundly influenced Voltaire and the French Encyclopedists
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Pierre (pye r), 1647–1706, French philosopher and critic.
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