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Laursen, John Christian

Works: 55 works in 205 publications in 2 languages and 9,113 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other, Contributor
Classifications: B837,
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Beyond the persecuting society : religious toleration before the Enlightenment by John Christian Laursen( Book )
17 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 434 libraries worldwide
"There is a Myth - easily shattered - that Western societies since the Enlightenment have been dedicated to the ideal of protecting the differences between individuals and groups, and another - too readily accepted - that before the rise of secularism in the modern period, intolerance and persecution held sway throughout Europe. In Beyond the Persecuting Society John Christian Laursen, Cary J. Nederman, and nine other scholars dismantle this second generalization. If intolerance and religious persecution have been at the root of some of the greatest suffering in human history, it is nevertheless the case that toleration was practiced and theorized in medieval and early modern Europe on a scale few have realized."--BOOK JACKET. "Beyond the Persecuting Society constructs a mosaic of pieces of the history of toleration in the Middle Ages, the long sixteenth century, and the seventeenth century. Christians and Jews, the English, French, Germans, Dutch, Swiss, Italians, and Spanish had their proponents of and experiments with tolerance well before John Locke penned his famous Letter Concerning Toleration, the authors demonstrate. Moving from Abelard to Aphra Behn, from the apology for the gentiles of the fourteenth-century Talmudic scholar Menahem ben Solomon Ha-Me'iri to the rejection of intolerance in the "New Israel" of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Beyond the Persecuting Society offers a detailed and decisive correction to a vision of the past as any less complex in its embrace and abhorrence of diversity than the present."--Jacket
Religious toleration : "the variety of rites" from Cyrus to Defoe ( Book )
12 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 364 libraries worldwide
Difference and dissent : theories of toleration in medieval and early modern Europe ( Book )
8 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 291 libraries worldwide
The politics of skepticism in the ancients, Montaigne, Hume, and Kant by John Christian Laursen( Book )
12 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and Spanish and held by 282 libraries worldwide
This book brings out the profound influence of the tradition of philosophical skepticism on political thought. It shows that many of the root ideas of liberalism in early modern thought were a product of engagement with the skeptical tradition. The book begins with the first extended discussion in the literature of the political implications of ancient skepticism, asking the question, "Can Skeptics Live a Skeptical Politics?". The following sections explore the influence of skepticism on the political thought of Montaigne, Hume, and Kant. The case is made that some forms of liberalism derived from these thinkers have been historically closely bound up with skepticism. Teachers of the history of political thought, political theory, and political philosophy will use this book as a guide to teaching a new history of the epistemological foundations of political thought. Liberal theorists will use it to help them return to their roots in a philosophical tradition that once provided them with valuable arguments, and might still do so today
Histories of heresy in early modern Europe : for against, and beyond persecution and toleration ( Book )
10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 252 libraries worldwide
Heresy in transition : transforming ideas of heresy in medieval and early modern Europe by Ian Hunter( Book )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 247 libraries worldwide
The essays in this volume offer readers a unique insight into the changing concepts of heresy from the Middle Ages to the early modern period, c.1100 to c.1800. The contributors explore the role of nationalism and linguistic identity in constructions of heresy, its analogies with treason and madness, the role of class and status in the responses to heresy, and provide insights into the roots of the historicization of heresy
New essays on the political thought of the Huguenots of the Refuge ( Book )
10 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 220 libraries worldwide
Monarchisms in the Age of Enlightenment : liberty, patriotism, and the common good by John Christian Laursen( Book )
11 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 194 libraries worldwide
The history of the Sevarambians : a utopian novel by Denis Vairasse( Book )
9 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 181 libraries worldwide
The book has been read to teach a variety of political doctrines, and also has been cited as an early development in the history of ideas about religious toleration. It reveals a great deal about early modern English, Dutch, and French attitudes toward other cultures. One of the first utopian writings to qualify as a novel, it can be interpreted as a metaphor for human life, in all its complexity and ambiguity."--Jacket
The edict of religion : a comedy ; and, the story and diary of my imprisonment by Karl Friedrich Bahrdt( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 135 libraries worldwide
Carl Friedrich Bahrdt: Theologe u. Pädagoge, Prof. an d. Univ. Halle. Geb. 25.8.1741 Bischofswerda; gest. 23.4.1792 Halle-Nietleben
Skepticism and political thought in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries ( Book )
8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 131 libraries worldwide
In this collection, thirteen distinguished contributors examine the influence of the ancient skeptical philosophy of Pyrrho of Elis and Sextus Empiricus on early modern political thought. Classical skepticism argues that in the absence of certainty one must either suspend judgment and live by habit or act on the basis of probability rather than certainty. In either case, one must reject dogmatic confidence in politics and philosophy. Surveying the use of skepticism in works by Hobbes, Descartes, Hume, Smith, and Kant, among others, the essays in 'Skepticism and political thought in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries' demonstrate the pervasive impact of skepticism on the intellectual landscape of early modern Europe. This volume is not just an authoritative account of skepticism's importance from the Enlightenment to the French Revolution, it is also the basis for understanding skepticism's continuing political implications
Paradoxes of religious toleration in early modern political thought by John Christian Laursen( Book )
7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 110 libraries worldwide
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. (A cura dell'editore)
Skepticism in the modern age : building on the work of Richard Popkin by José Maia Neto( Book )
12 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 107 libraries worldwide
This book reassesses the role and impact of skepticism in early modern philosophy, revisiting and reinterpreting the positions of some of the main early modern philosophers in relation to this tradition and showing its relevance to others who have not previously been connected to skepticism
Millenarianism and messianism in early modern European culture. protestants, catholics, heretics ( Book )
5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
Continental millenarians : Protestants, Catholics, heretics ( Book )
5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 22 libraries worldwide
Forjadores de la tolerancia ( Book )
3 editions published in 2011 in Spanish and held by 13 libraries worldwide
Millenarianism and Messianism in early modern European culture ( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Shifting the boundaries : transformation of the languages of public and private in the eighteenth century ( Book )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Millenarianism and Messianism in Early Modern European Culture Volume IV Continental Millenarians: Protestants, Catholics, Heretics by John Christian Laursen( file )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
This is the first book to bring together studies of a wide variety of millenarians who were active in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in France, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, and eastern Europe. The sheer variety of millenarian ideas and movements and their myriad of ebbs and flows and interactions teach us that millenarianism was a much more complex and influential factor than most studies have recognized. It was part and parcel of the growth of science, the progress of philosophy, and the genesis of political reform. This volume provides much food for thought for students and teachers of early modern ideas, the history of philosophy and religion, and the making of the modern world. Researchers in these fields will find that it opens up many avenues for further work
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Laursen, J.C.
Laursen, John
Laursen, John C.
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