Australian Journal of French Studies

Qui parle encore de Sébastien Castellion?

Australian Journal of French Studies (2015), 52, (3), 261–272.


The 500th anniversary of Sebastian Castellio’s birthday presents an opportunity to evaluate the current vitality of research about this atypical humanist, too often remembered only for his defence of freedom of conscience in the Servetus case. Previously, Castellio’s destiny had been ordained by Protestant historiographers, led by Ferdinand Buisson. Nowadays, scholars scrutinise the work of the philologist and translator, taking a new look at issues such as tolerance and freedom of conscience in the light of Renaissance rhetorical practices and philosophical, theological and juristic thought. Recent scholarship on Castellio tries to avoid misinterpretations motivated by denominational or ideological beliefs, showing that rigorous scientific thinking must form the basis of reflection.

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