Empirical History and the Transformation of Political Criticism in France from Bodin to Bayle

@article{Soll2003EmpiricalHA,
  title={Empirical History and the Transformation of Political Criticism in France from Bodin to Bayle},
  author={Jacob S. Soll},
  journal={Journal of the History of Ideas},
  year={2003},
  volume={64},
  pages={297 - 316}
}
  • Jacob S. Soll
  • Published 2003
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the History of Ideas
This article shows how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century arguments about historical evidence and elite humanist traditions of textual criticism and historical method evolved into the secular political theory of the eighteenth century. It shows how the French crown sponsored scholars who worked on empirical, source-based history as a tool for political prudence, but as this critical historical methodology became public, the crown realized it could be used against its interests, as in the case… Expand
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