Difference and Dissent: Theories of Toleration in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

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This innovative collection points to the need for a reevaluation of the origins of toleration theory. Philosophers, intellectual historians, and political theorists have assumed that the development of the theory of toleration has been a product of the modern world, and John Locke is usually regarded as the first theorist of toleration. The contributors to "Difference and Dissent," however, discuss a range of conceptual positions that were employed by medieval and early modern thinkers to support a theory of ...
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Overview

This innovative collection points to the need for a reevaluation of the origins of toleration theory. Philosophers, intellectual historians, and political theorists have assumed that the development of the theory of toleration has been a product of the modern world, and John Locke is usually regarded as the first theorist of toleration. The contributors to "Difference and Dissent," however, discuss a range of conceptual positions that were employed by medieval and early modern thinkers to support a theory of toleration, and question the claim that Locke's theory of toleration was as original or philosophically adequate as his adherents have asserted.

Author Biography: Cary J. Nederman is associate professor of political science at the University of Arizona and the author of numerous books, including "Community and Consent: The Secular Political Theory of Marsiglio of Padua"s Defensor Pacis and "Medieval Political Theory—A Reader: The Quest for the Body Politic, 1100-1400". John Christian Laursen is associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverdale. He is author of "The Politics of Skepticism: in the Ancients, Montaigne, Hume, and Kant".

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Editorial Reviews

H-Net
All the essays inDifference and Dissentare informative and intellectually stimulating.
— Hilmar M. Pabel
Journal Of Religious History
The editors of this collection of lively, interesting, and accessible essays are said to be congratulated on the coherence created by the common focus uniting the contributions. . . . This is clearly a quite different defence of toleration from that which makes free speech an inalienable individual right. . . . [offers] some alternatives to the conventional way of thinking about tolerance and [gives] us some practice in thinking about it in ways and contexts different fom the dominant modern narrative.
— Ruth Abbey, University of Notre Dame, Australia
Heiser
These 11 essays show that there is a wide 'diversity of intellectual frameworks that have generated viable defenses of toleration.'
American Political Science Review
The overall contribution of Difference and Dissent is to recognize communitarian and natural law foundations of toleration theory and to encourage us to ask percislely whom a theorist is tolerating, whethers/he intends temporary concordance or permanent toleration and to whom the theorist is not extending toleration.
— Maryanne Cline Horowitz, Occidental College & UC of Los Angeles
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
All the essays inDifference and Dissentare informative and intellectually stimulating.
— Hilmar M. Pabel, Simon Frasher University
Albert E. Gunn and Staff
...this book offers important reformulations of tolerance.

...by demonstrating the broad array of theories of tolerance, this book opens promising paths of inquiry for political philosophy.
— Pascal Massie, Vanderbilt University

H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
All the essays inDifference and Dissentare informative and intellectually stimulating.
— Hilmar M. Pabel, Simon Frasher University
Albert E. Gunn and Staff - Pascal Massie
...this book offers important reformulations of tolerance.

...by demonstrating the broad array of theories of tolerance, this book opens promising paths of inquiry for political philosophy.

Vol.45 N0. 3 Fall 1998 Theolody Digest
Nederman shows that there is a wide 'diversity of intellectual frameworks that have generated viable defenses of toleration'.
American Political Science Review - Maryanne Cline Horowitz
The overall contribution of Difference and Dissent is to recognize communitarian and natural law foundations of toleration theory and to encourage us to ask percislely whom a theorist is tolerating, whethers/he intends temporary concordance or permanent toleration and to whom the theorist is not extending toleration.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online - Hilmar M. Pabel
All the essays inDifference and Dissentare informative and intellectually stimulating.
Journal Of Religious History - Ruth Abbey
The editors of this collection of lively, interesting, and accessible essays are said to be congratulated on the coherence created by the common focus uniting the contributions. . . . This is clearly a quite different defence of toleration from that which makes free speech an inalienable individual right. . . . [offers] some alternatives to the conventional way of thinking about tolerance and [gives] us some practice in thinking about it in ways and contexts different fom the dominant modern narrative.
Richard H. Popkin
This volume is a happy antidote to those who think that the discussion of toleration in the modern world starts with John Locke. This collection brings together eleven essays that discuss kinds of toleration theories from the middle ages through the seventeenth century in different cultures, indicating that the idea of toleration has a much richer and interesting history than we are usually told about.
Journal of Church & State, Vol. 40, No.3, Summer 1998 - Charles F. Briggs
These essays force us to acknowledge tha essential artificiality of all theories of tolerance, while at the same time encouraging us to choose whatever ideological matter and tools we need to promote tolerance as well as a sense of reponsibilty in our dealings with others.
Political Studies Review, Vol.44, No. 4, September 1998 - Antony Black
These essays address the political issue of the millennium: how to ground a pluralist society.
Ehr, Apr. 1999 - Diarmaid Macculloch
...eleven essays which form a worthwhile addition to the now extensive literature on toleration before the Enlightenment. ...Glen Burgess in an excellent analysis of Hobbes's perspective on toleration...
...Lauren's own thought-provoking essay on Spinoza and his possible influence on Locke.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847683758
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/30/1996
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cary J. Nederman is associate professor of political science at the University of Arizona and the author of numerous books, including Community and Consent: The Secular Political Theory of Marsiglio of Paduas Defensor Pacis and Medieval Political Theory—A Reader: The Quest for the Body Politic, 1100-1400. John Christian Laursen is associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverdale. He is author of The Politics of Skepticism: in the Ancients, Montaigne, Hume, and Kant.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Difference and Dissent: Introduction 1
2 Liberty, Community, and Toleration: Freedom and Function in Medieval Political Thought 17
3 Toleration in the Theology and Social Thought of John Wyclif 39
4 Respect, Interdependence, Virtue: A Medieval Theory of Toleration in the Works of Christine de Pizan 67
5 "Turks and Heathen Are Our Kin": The Notion of Tolerance in the Works of Hans Denck and Sebastian Franck 83
6 Spanish Thomism and the American Indians: Vitoria and Las Casas on the Toleration of Cultural Difference 99
7 Bodin's Pluralistic Theory of Toleration 119
8 Thomas Hobbes: Religious Toleration or Religious Indifference? 139
9 Samuel Pufendorf's Concept of Toleration 163
10 Spinoza on Toleration: Arming the State and Reining in the Magistrate 185
11 Force, Metaphor, and Persuasion in Locke's A Letter Concerning Toleration 205
Index 231
About the Contributors 239
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