Les masques de Pierre Bayle : pratiques de l'anonymat

Abstract : Bayle adopts masks in his works and it always difficult to determine if he means what he says. His polemical works are published under various pseudonyms which represent so many roles that he adopts. These roles underline the importance Bayle lends to ad hominem arguments and to argumentative retort, i.e. to the dialectic of philosophical debate, consisting in momentary concessions, refutations, new concessions, renewed refutations... until the argumentative pathway leads us to the conclusion he wishes to draw. The Dictionary is the first work to appear under his name, but we know that he originally intended to publish it anonymously. This monumental work is thus, paradoxically, an excellent example of his anonymous intention et throws light on the meaning of that anonymity, in so far as Bayle sees himself as a simple citizen, among others, of the Republic of Letters.
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Antony Mckenna. Les masques de Pierre Bayle : pratiques de l'anonymat. Littératures classiques, SLC- Armand Colin, 2013, pp.237-248. ⟨ujm-01463754⟩

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