Contexts of Conscience in the Early Modern World 1500-1700

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In an era of confessional conflict, the conscience served as a powerful mediator between God and man, directing and judging moral actions. This work aims to convey the breadth of the conscience's jurisdiction, analyzing its impact upon a variety of important aspects of early modern society: political allegiance; the genre of "advice to princes"; religious conformity; slavery; the regulation of sexual behavior; gender roles; and the intellectual methods of scientists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403915658
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/7/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Vallance taught at the universities of Sheffield and Manchester and is now Lecturer in Early Modern British History at the University of Liverpool. He has published articles in leading historical jourbanals and is currently completing his research monograph, Revolutionary England and the National Covenant (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming).

Harald Braun is Lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics. His research interests are early modern Spanish intellectual and religious history as well as the history of European political thought. He is currently completing his research monograph 'Juan de Mariana SJ (1535-1621) and Early Modern Spanish Political Thought (Ashgate, forthcoming)'.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Notes on the Contributors Introduction Scrupulosity and Conscience: Probabilism in Early Modern Scholastic Ethics; M.Stone Was William Perkin's 'Whole Treatise of Cases of Consciences' Casuistry?: Hermeneutics and British Practical Divinity; J.Keenan Ordeal of Conscience: Casuistry, Conformity and Confessional Identity in Post-Reformation England; A.Walsham 'Fuggir la libertbliog... della coscienza': Conscience and the Inquisition in Sixteenth-Century Italy; N.Davidson Conscience, Counsel and Theocracy at the Spanish Hapsburg Court; H.Braun The Decline of Conscience as a Political Guide: William Higden's 'View of the English Constitution' (1709); E.Vallance The Disquieted Mind in Casuistry and Natural Philosophy: Robert Boyle and Thomas Barlow; M.Hunter Rules of Conscience and the Case of Galileo; R.Schbliogaler Gender, Conscience and Casuistry: Women and Conflicting Obligations in Early Modern England; B.Capp 'Secret and Immodest Curiosities'?: Sex, Marriage and Conscience in Early Modern England; D.Turbaner 'The Strongest Bond of Conscience': Oaths and the Limits of Tolerance in Early Modern England; J.Spurr Conscience, Law and Things Indifferent: Arguments on Toleration from the Vestiarian Controversy to Hobbes and Locke; J.Somerville Index Bibliography

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