Natural Law and Toleration in the Early Enlightenment

Hardcover | June 6, 2013

EditorJohn Parkin, Timothy Stanton

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The early enlightenment has been seen as an epoch-making period in the development of modern Europe, marking the beginnings of the transition from a 'religious' to an essentially 'secular' understanding of human relations and generating in the process new accounts of the relationship betweenreligion and politics, in which the idea of toleration figured centrally. In this volume of essays, leading scholars in the field challenge that view and explore the ways in which some of the most important discussions of toleration in the western tradition were shaped by understandings of naturaltheology and natural law. Far from representing a shift to non-religious ways of thinking about the world, the essays reveal the extent to which early enlightenment discussions of toleration presupposed a world-view in which God-given natural law established the boundaries between church and stateand provided the primary point of reference for understanding claims to religious freedom. The book offers significant new interpretations of the relationship between natural theology and toleration in the works of Samuel Pufendorf, John Locke, G. W. Leibniz, Christian Thomasius, Jean Barbeyrac, and Francis Hutcheson. These interpretations suggest sometimes extensive revisions tocontemporary thinking about these works and to the assumptions about the early enlightenment and its role in shaping liberal modernity it embodies. By carefully examining the arguments of these writers in their original contexts, without the interference of modern categories, and by setting thosearguments in sequence, this book reveals an important transformation in modern thought, one that is yet continuous with the past and which poses some pointed questions for both the present and the future.

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The early enlightenment has been seen as an epoch-making period in the development of modern Europe, marking the beginnings of the transition from a 'religious' to an essentially 'secular' understanding of human relations and generating in the process new accounts of the relationship betweenreligion and politics, in which the idea of t...

Jon Parkin holds an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge. He was a Research Fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge (1995-8) and King's College London (1998-9) and went on to become Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, University of York (1999-2012)...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:June 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Simone Zurbuchen: Religious Commitment and Secular Reason: Pufendorf on the Separation between Religion and Politics2. Thomas Ahnert: Samuel Pufendorf and Religious Intolerance in the Early Enlightenment3. Timothy Stanton: Natural law, Nonconformity and Toleration: Two Stages on Locke's Way4. Ian Harris: John Locke and Natural Law: Free Worship and Toleration5. Ian Hunter: The Tolerationist Programmes of Thomasius and Locke6. Maria Rosa Antognazza: Leibniz's Doctrine of Toleration: Philosophical, Theological, and Pragmatic Reasons7. Petter Korkman: Toleration as Impartiality? Civil and Ecclesiastical Toleration in Jean Barbeyrac8. Knud Haakonssen: Natural Rights or Political Prudence? Francis Hutcheson on TolerationJohn Dunn: Postface. The Grounds for Toleration and the Capacity to Tolerate