Shadows of Doubt: Language and Truth in Post-Reformation Catholic Culture

Hardcover | February 6, 2014

byStefania Tutino

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Stefania Tutino shows that the hermeneutical and epistemological anxieties that characterize our current intellectual climate are rooted in the early modern world. Showing that post-Reformation Catholicism did not simply usher in modernity, but indeed postmodernity as well, her studycomplicates the well-established scholarly view concerning the context of the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic response to it. Shadows of Doubt provides a collection of case-studies centered on the relationship between language, the truth of men, and the Truth of theology. Most of these case-studies illuminate little-known figures in the history of early modern Catholicism. The militant aspects of post-TridentineCatholicism can be appreciated through study of figures such as Robert Bellarmine or Cesare Baronio, the solid pillars of the intellectual and theological structure of the Church of Rome; however, an understanding of the more enigmatic aspects of early modernity requires exploration of the demimondeof post-Reformation Catholicism. Tutino examines the thinkers whom few scholars mention and fewer read, demonstrating that post-Reformation Catholicism was not simply a world of solid certainties to be opposed to the Protestant falsehoods, but also a world in which the stable Truth of theology existed alongside and contributed to anumber of far less stable truths concerning the world of men. Post-Reformation Catholic culture was not only concerned with articulating and affirming absolute truths, but also with exploring and negotiating the complex links between certainty and uncertainty. By bringing to light this fascinating and hitherto largely unexamined side of post-Tridentine Catholicism, Tutino reveals that post-Reformation Catholic culture was a vibrant laboratory for many of the issues that we face today: it was a world of fractures and fractured truths which we, with aheightened sensitivity to discrepancies and discontinuities, are now well-suited to understand.

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Stefania Tutino shows that the hermeneutical and epistemological anxieties that characterize our current intellectual climate are rooted in the early modern world. Showing that post-Reformation Catholicism did not simply usher in modernity, but indeed postmodernity as well, her studycomplicates the well-established scholarly view conce...

Stefania Tutino is Professor of History and Religious Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction - Looking Out from the Edge of the Cliff: History, Language, and Truth1. Telling the Truth: Equivocation and Mental Reservation between Morality and Hermeneutics2. Writing the Truth: Post-Reformation Historiography from Agostino Mascardi to Paul Ricoeur3. Writing the Truth: Ecclesiastical History and Its Critics4. Rhetoric, truth, and the Truth5. The Sacrament of Language and the Curse of Speech