Philosophical Historiography in France from Bayle to Deslandes

  • Gregorio PiaiaEmail author
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The appearance of Deslandes’ Histoire critique de la philosophie in 1737 marks a definite leap in quality with respect to the philosophical historiography previously produced in France, which remained in the margins of the genre of historia philosophica even into the first decades of the eighteenth century, and which, in its approach, was not able to go beyond such seventeenth-century “histories” as those produced by Rapin, Coste, or Thomassin. This “leap” was premised on Bayle’s Dictionnaire historique et critique, a work which, paradoxically, belongs to a different literary genre from that of the “general history of philosophy”, but which made an essential contribution to the origin of this genre and the establishment of a “critical” history in the two paradigmatic versions by Deslandes and Brucker.


Seventeenth Century Modern Philosophy General History Greek Philosophy Ancient Philosopher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di FilosofiaUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly

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