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Compared with Voiture
His repartee to Cromwell
Its avowed objects
Priestly eulogies of
Object of his divine legation of Moses
Various instances of in disputation
Oblivion attendant on
Various significant queries
Unfit for opera
Innate corruption combatted
Men naturally more disposed to good than to evil
Absurd disputes of the Greeks concerning
Partial definition of wit
Crooked or distorted intellect
Prosecuted for his opinions
Less strong than men
Not so wicked as men
Use made by Bayle of this philosopher
PUBLICATIONS BY JOHN AND H. L. HUNT.
Tavistock Street, Dec. 1824.
COMPANION TO VOLTAIRE'S PHILOSOPHICAL DICTIONARY.
On the 1st of March next will be published,
Vol. I. price 10s.
A METHODICAL ALPRABETICAL SELECTION FROM
THE GREAT WORK OP BAYLE, TO BE PUBLISHED QUARTERLY, AND COMPLETED IN FOUR VOLUMES, UNDER THE ORIGINAL TITLE OF AN
HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL DICTIONARY.
The established character of BAYLE for erudition, acuteness, and philosophical impartiality, while it supersedes the necessity of all remark on that elaborate storehouse of Fact, Opinion, and illustrative Discussion, the HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL DICTIONARY, it is presumed will sufficiently sanction a judicious selection of its most curious and instructive contents. Happily, for the interest of mental freedom and the upfettered exercise of reason, BAYLE arose at a period when the Aristotelean, or scholastic philosophy, in the behalf of which priestcraft and bigotry rallied to the last moment, lay prostrate, but not absolutely defunct, and in consequence, when to a free and investigative spirit, it was necessary to join an accurate notion of the premises and field of knowledge of the doctrines assailed. In the great work of BAYLE, therefore, inucb sound information, subtle disquisition, and curious and instructive fact, is encumbered with a quantity of matter, which however valuable in advertence to gone-by studies and associations, Time has for the most part thrown away. This remark leads at once to the grounds of the present undertaking, the object of which is to present to the general reader, in a comparatively small and purchasable form, that portion of the Historical and Critical Dictionary of BAYLE, the value of which, in the way of information, is unequivocal, in learning instructive or curious, and in critical and intellectual philosophy universal and permanent.
To some, to whom the HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL DICTIONARY is but cursorily known, the attraction of a selection from it may be doubted, at a period distinguished by an engrossing attachment to the results of practical science and positive and applicable information. It is thought, however, by those to whom the completion of the present work is intrusted, that the foregoing tendency is united to a great avidity for general knowledge, and especially for a keen exercise of the reasoning faculties in reference to speculative points of all kinds. The acute and discriminating mind of Bayle deals with many which will be eternally important, at least while extensive superstructures, in a social point of view, are founded upon them. All his comparative and ingenious disquisition on themes of this leading nature will of course be retained, and a healthy exescise of the understanding upon the grander divisions of human opinion be secured. In the selection of biographical, traditional, and mythological matter, with a due attention to the curious and the amusing, an endeavour will be made to include whatever is inore or less connected with events of lasting importance, or linked, theoretically or otherwise, to existing associations. It is therefore hoped that every order of readers will find sometbing to interest them; while it may prove more especially welcome to the rising and increasing body who are determined to think upon all subjects for themselves.
With regard to the plan of the intended work, it is unnecessary to observe to those who are acquainted with the original, that the text is comparatively brief, and that the annotation is the more valuable portion of the able Author's labours. With a view to compactaess, the text and note will be combined in the Selection, although the Editor will supply nothing but the necessary connexion; a method that has already been advantageously adopted in a French) Work of a kindred nature, intitled Analyse Raisonnée de Bayle. This latter production, indeed, in some degree led to the present undertaking, and will be partly rendered serviceable to it, although, selected for the French public half a century ago, it can be rendered but slightly available.
It is only necessary to add, that like the Philosophical Dictionary of VOLTAIRE, the alphabetical form will be retained, and that the ed iorial labours will be intrusted to the same parties by whom that translation has been superintended and effected.
Orders will be received by Messrs. Hunt, Tavistock-street, Covent-garden ; and by all other Booksellers.