9780739100233

Early Modern Skepticism and the Origins of Toleration

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    9780739100233

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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
1(20)
Alan Levine
Through a Glass Darkly: Luther and Calvin and the Limits of Reason
21(30)
Joshua Mitchell
Skepticism, Self, and Toleration in Montaigne's Political Thought
51(26)
Alan Levine
French Free-Thinkers in the First Decades of the Edict of Nantes
77(26)
Maryanne Cline Horowitz
Descartes and the Question of Toleration
103(24)
Michael Gillepsie
Toleration and the Skepticism of Religion in Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus
127(20)
Steven B. Smith
Monopolizing Faith: The Levellers, Rights, and Religious Toleration
147(18)
Alan Houston
Skepticism and Toleration in Hobbes' Political Thought
165(14)
Shirley Letwin
John Locke and the Foundations of Toleration
179(18)
Nathan Tarcov
Pierre Bayle's Atheist Politics
197(28)
Kenneth R. Weinstein
Of Believers and Barbarians: Montesquieu's Enlightened Toleration
225(24)
Diana Schaub
The Tolerant Skepticism of Voltaire and Diderot: Against Leibnizian Optimism and ``Wise Charity''
249(22)
Patrick Riley
Index 271(10)
About the Contributors 281

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