Early Modern Skepticism And The Origins Of Toleration / Edition 266

Early Modern Skepticism And The Origins Of Toleration / Edition 266

by Harvey Claflin Jr. Mansfield, Dan Mahoney
     
 

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739100240
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
Applications of Political Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
0.66(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Levine is Assistant Professor of Government at American University.

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction: The Prehistory of Toleration and Varieties of Skepticism1
2Through a Glass Darkly: Luther and Calvin and the Limits of Reason21
3Skepticism, Self, and Toleration in Montaigne's Political Thought51
4French Free-Thinkers in the First Decades of the Edict of Nantes77
5Descartes and the Question of Toleration103
6Toleration and the Skepticism of Religion in Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus127
7Monopolizing Faith: The Levellers, Rights, and Religious Toleration147
8Skepticism and Toleration in Hobbes' Political Thought165
9John Locke and the Foundations of Toleration179
10Pierre Bayle's Atheist Politics197
11Of Believers and Barbarians: Montesquieu's Enlightened Toleration225
12The Tolerant Skepticism of Voltaire and Diderot: Against Leibnizian Optimism and "Wise Charity"249
Index271
About the Contributors281

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