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Instructor History and Philosophy in Higher Education.


Oct
25
comment Why did the USSR give Crimea to Ukraine?
I am not able to give an answer to this great question. But I want to add that Russia has a pretty solid foothold in the Crimea and that Sevastopol serves as one of the major ports of the Russian navy (what makes your question even more forceful!). At my last trip there about a year ago the Russian flag welcomed every visitor. Except the Crimean Tartars who try to claim more and more ground recently, the typical average Crimean believes to be Russian, not Ukrainian. Investors from Russia prefer to do business on the Crimea, then in Odessa as second choice, and bypass the rest.
Oct
25
comment Was the French philosopher Pierre Bayle a Calvinist believer or an atheist?
Well, there have been times when I had reason to doubt Wikipedia content. In this case they correctly cite Bayle as a "self-pronounced Protestant". The challenge here is less Wikipedia, but more the self-conception of this great philosopher. Anyway, I agree with you that there were many more options of Christian existence than only Calvinism. Thanks Guy.
Oct
25
comment Was the French philosopher Pierre Bayle a Calvinist believer or an atheist?
The excellent SEP essay (thanks ihtkwot!) makes clear that we can only assume where Bayle personally stood. According to his available publications I have a tendency to say that he himself vacillated all his life between the two poles of divine experience and doubtful skepticism. In so far, I agree with ihtkwot that Bayle was ahead of his time.