« La République des « humeurs » : Les querelles dans le dictionnaire de Bayle »

Abstract : Quarrelling is a ‘routine’ activity of the Republic of Letters. This article demonstrates that quarrels played a key role in the field of historical criticism. Our intellectual contribution is twofold. First, we bring to the fore the epistemological issues raised by Bayle while reporting the quarrels of the Republic of Letters, and demonstrate their creative potential, thus applying to historiography conclusions drawn by recent research on scientific controversies. We offer a new understanding of scholarly quarrels, here understood as a socially and intellectually structuring activity. Second, we take position with regard to the debate over Bayle’s historical pyrrhonism. As will be shown, the quarrels constitute a key element within a method of writing history that is both conscious of its limits and sure of its investigative powers.
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Isabelle Moreau. « La République des « humeurs » : Les querelles dans le dictionnaire de Bayle ». Revue de Synthèse, Springer Verlag/Lavoisier, 2016, « Disputes et territoires épistémiques » (dir. A.-L. Rey et A. Tadié), tome 137, 6e série (n° 3-4), p. 427-452. ⟨https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11873-016-0311-9⟩. ⟨halshs-01984738⟩



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