9780226293462

The Theological Origins of Modernity

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226293462

  • ISBN10:

    0226293467

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

Exposing the religious roots of our ostensibly godless age, Michael Allen Gillespie reveals in this landmark study that modernity is much less secular than conventional wisdom suggests. Taking as his starting point the collapse of the medieval world, Gillespie argues that from the very beginning moderns sought not to eliminate religion but to support a new view of religion and its place in human life. He goes on to explore the ideas of such figures as William of Ockham, Petrarch, Erasmus, Luther, Descartes, and Hobbes, showing that modernity is best understood as a series of attempts to formulate a new and coherent metaphysics or theology. "Bringing the history of political thought up to date and situating it against the backdrop of contemporary events, Gillespie's analyses provide us a way to begin to have conversations with the Islamic world about what is perhaps the central question within each of the three monotheistic religions: if God is omnipotent, then what is the place of human freedom?"Joshua Mitchell, Georgetown University

Author Biography

Michael Allen Gillespie is the Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor of Political Science in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and professor of philosophy at Duke University. He is the author of Hegel, Heidegger, and the Ground of History, and Nihilism before Nietzsche, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

 

 

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Nominalist Revolution and the Origin of Modernityp. 19
Petrarch and the Invention of Individualityp. 44
Humanism and the Apotheosis of Manp. 69
Luther and the Storm of Faithp. 101
The Contradictions of Premodernityp. 129
Descartes' Path to Truthp. 170
Hobbes' Fearful Wisdomp. 207
The Contradictions of Enlightenment and the Crisis of Modernityp. 255
Epiloguep. 289
Notesp. 295
Indexp. 363
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