Paradoxes of Religious Toleration in Early Modern Political Thought

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John Christian Laursen, María José Villaverde
Lexington Books, 2012 - 224 pagina's
In today's developed world, much of what people believe about religious toleration has evolved from crucial innovations in toleration theory developed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Thinkers from that period have been rightly celebrated for creating influential, liberating concepts and ideas that have enabled many of us to live in peace. However, their work was certainly not perfect. In this enlightening volume, John Christian Laursen and María José Villaverde have gathered contributors to focus on the paradoxes, blindspots, unexpected flaws, or ambiguities in early modern toleration theories and practices. Each chapter explores the complexities, complications, and inconsistencies that came up in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as people grappled with the idea of toleration. In understanding the weaknesses, contradictions, and ambivalences in other theories, they hope to provoke thought about the defects in ways of thinking about toleration in order to help in overcoming similar problems in contemporary toleration theories.
 

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Introduction
1
Spinozas Paradoxes
9
Spinoza on Lying for Toleration and His Intolerance of Atheists
39
Jansenist Fears and Huguenot Polemics
53
The General Freedom which All Men Enjoy in a Confessional State
67
A Leibnizian Way to Tolerance
91
Toleration in China and Siam in LateSeventeenthCentury European Travel Literature
109
Toleration in Denis Veirass Theocracy
121
David Hume on Religious Tolerance
139
Rousseau A False Apostle of Tolerance
159
Intolerance of Fanatics in Bayle Hume and Kant
177
Tolerance and Intolerance in the Writings of the French Antiphilosophes 17501789
193
Immanuel Kant
207
Index
221
About the Contributors
223
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John Christian Laursen is professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside.

María José Villaverde is professor of political science at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

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