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

John Kilcullen


The chapters in this book reflect upon Pierre Bayle's Philosophical Commentary on the Words of the Gospel ‘Compel them to come in’, which appeared in parts in 1686–88, a classic statement of the case for toleration. The first two chapters are concerned with controversies about religious toleration in the 17th century, and the rest discuss philosophical questions relating to toleration and to the broader liberal idea of an open society. Three of the chapters originally appeared in the Philosophy Research Archives and are reproduced here with alterations.

Keywords: sincerity, truth, Pierre Bayle, philosophical commentary, gospel, toleration, open society, Philosophy Research Archives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1988 Print ISBN-13: 9780198266914
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Kilcullen, author
Macquarie University, Sydney