Early Modern Skepticism and the Origins of Toleration

Early Modern Skepticism and the Origins of Toleration

by Alan Levine
     
 

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This collection of original essays by the nation's leading political theorists examines the origins of modernity and considers the question of tolerance as a product of early modern religious skepticism. Rather than approaching the problem through a purely historical lens, the authors actively demonstrate the significance of these issues to contemporary debates in

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This collection of original essays by the nation's leading political theorists examines the origins of modernity and considers the question of tolerance as a product of early modern religious skepticism. Rather than approaching the problem through a purely historical lens, the authors actively demonstrate the significance of these issues to contemporary debates in political philosophy and public policy. The contributors to Early Modern Skepticism raise and address questions of the utmost significance: Is religious faith necessary for ethical behavior? Is skepticism a fruitful ground from which to argue for toleration? This book will be of interest to historians, philosophers, religious scholars, and political theorists—anyone concerned about the tensions between private beliefs and public behavior.

Editorial Reviews

American Political Science Review
Levine and his contributors must be congratulated for producing a uniformly learned and elegant set of inquiries into the foundations of early modern toleration.
Cary J. Nederman
Booknews
While researching Montaigne, Levine began looking for secondary literature on the relationship between skepticism and toleration, but found little. So he has assembled a dozen essays, some written for the volume, others from various conferences, on the subject. Among their perspectives are Luther and Calvin and the limits of reason, French free-thinkers in the first decades of the Edict of Nantes, Descartes, the Levellers, Hobbes, Lock, Pierre Bayle, and Voltaire and Diderot. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Times Literary Supplement
Many excellent American writers have made Montaigne a precursor of modern liberalism. They include . . . Alan Levine (Early Modern Skepticism and the Origins of Toleration).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739154458
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
04/22/1999
Series:
Applications of Political Theory
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
290
File size:
728 KB

Meet the Author

Alan Levine is Assistant Professor of Government at American University.

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