Early Modern Skepticism and the Origins of Toleration

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  • Copyright: 1999-04-22
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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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.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction: The Prehistory of Toleration and Varieties of Skepticism
Alan Levine
Through a Glass Darkly: Luther and Calvin and the Limits of Reason
Joshua Mitchell
Skepticism, Self, and Toleration in Montaigne's Political Thought
Alan Levine
French Free-Thinkers in the First Decades of the Edict of Nantes
Maryanne Cline Horowitz
Descartes and the Question of Toleration
Michael Gillepsie
Toleration and the Skepticism of Religion in Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus
Steven B. Smith
Monopolizing Faith: The Levellers, Rights, and Religious Toleration
Alan Houston
Skepticism and Toleration in Hobbes' Political Thought
Shirley Letwin
John Locke and the Foundations of Toleration
Nathan Tarcov
Pierre Bayle's Atheist Politics
Kenneth R. Weinstein
Of Believers and Barbarians: Montesquieu's Enlightened Toleration
Diana Schaub
The Tolerant Skepticism of Voltaire and Diderot: Against Leibnizian Optimism and ``Wise Charity''
Patrick Riley
Index 271(10)
About the Contributors 281

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