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

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

by Cary J. Nederman
     
 

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

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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 toleration, and question the claim that Locke's theory of toleration was as original or philosophically adequate as his adherents have asserted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847683765
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.55(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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Difference and Dissent: Introduction Chapter 3 Liberty, Community, and Toleration: Freedom and Function in Medieval Political Thought Chapter 4 Toleration in the Theology and Social Thought of John Wyclif Chapter 5 Respect, Interdependence, Virtue: A Medieval Theory of Toleration in the Works of Christine de Pizan Chapter 6 "Turks and Heathen Are Our Kin": The Notion of Tolerance in the Works of Hans Denck and Sebastian Franck Chapter 7 Spanish Thomism and the American Indians: Vitoria and Las Casas on the Toleration of Cultural Difference Chapter 8 Bodin's Pluralistic Theory of Toleration Chapter 9 Thomas Hobbes: Religious Toleration or Religious Indifference? Chapter 10 Samuel Pufendorf's Concept of Toleration Chapter 11 Spinoza on Toleration: Arming the State and Reining in the Magistrate Chapter 12 Force, Metaphor, and Persuasion in Locke's A Letter Concerning Toleration Chapter 13 Index

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