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Laursen, John Christian

Works: 54 works in 229 publications in 2 languages and 10,817 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other, Contributor
Classifications: B837, 149.73
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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 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 366 libraries worldwide
"Delving into rich but little-known sources, Religious Toleration combats the standard understanding of toleration as a development of the modern West by demonstrating its occurrence in ancient Persia and China, colonial Latin America, and Europe before the Enlightenment. Cyrus of Persia returned the Jews to Jerusalem, founding biblical and Greek traditions of toleration. The ancient Chinese tolerated the Jews as well, and arguments for mutual toleration in early Spanish America came from both the Spanish and the native sides. From medieval times to the rise of commercial society, Europeans experimented with ideas about toleration that have been forgotten until recently."--Jacket
Difference and dissent : theories of toleration in medieval and early modern Europe ( Book )
10 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 296 libraries worldwide
The politics of skepticism in the ancients, Montaigne, Hume, and Kant by John Christian Laursen( Book )
13 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and Spanish and held by 289 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
Heresy in transition : transforming ideas of heresy in medieval and early modern Europe by John Christian Laursen( Book )
16 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 261 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
Histories of heresy in early modern Europe : for against, and beyond persecution and toleration ( Book )
11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 251 libraries worldwide
Toleration of differing religious ideas exists in parts of the contemporary world, but it is still not clear how this came about. Recent work has uncovered the enormous importance one branch of historiography has had in bringing about such tolerance as we have: histories of heresy. This book brings together experts in this field in order to attempt to map out the contours and features of the influence of these histories on early modern and modern conceptions of toleration. Perhaps by showing heretics and heresies to be more benign than once thought, these histories could tease tolerance from the intolerant. The essays in this book attempt to piece together the intentions and effects of key works from this literature in the promotion or rejection of toleration in theory and practice
New essays on the political thought of the Huguenots of the Refuge by John Christian Laursen( Book )
11 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 222 libraries worldwide
Monarchisms in the Age of Enlightenment : liberty, patriotism, and the common good by H. W Blom( Book )
15 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 201 libraries worldwide
Fascinating and timely, Monarchisms in the Age of Enlightenment will be of interest to historians, political theorists, political philosophers, and political scientists
Skepticism and political thought in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries ( Book )
12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 151 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."--Front inside flap of dust 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 136 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 in the modern age : building on the work of Richard Popkin by José Raimundo Maia Neto( Book )
12 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 110 libraries worldwide
Since the publication of the first edition of Richard Popkin's classic The History of Scepticism in 1960, skepticism has been increasingly recognized as a major force in the development of early modern philosophy. This book provides a review of current scholarship and significant updated research on some of the main thinkers and issues related to the reappraisal of ancient skepticism in the modern age. Special attention is given to the nature, importance, and relation to religion of Montaigne's and Hume's skepticisms; to the various skeptical and non-skeptical sources of Cartesian doubt; to the skeptical and anti-skeptical impact of Cartesianism in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; and to philosophers who dealt with skeptical issues in the development of their own various intellectual interests
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 16 libraries worldwide
Este libro explora la respuesta de los Forjadores de la tolerancia de los siglos XVII y XVIII: Milton, Thomasius, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Bayle, Montesquieu, Hume, Voltaire, Rousseau, Kant, Mirabeau, Paine, Stuart Mill. Algunos lucharon por ampliar sus límites y forjar un mundo más libre. Otros desplazaron el foco del simple soportar al reconocimiento y respeto del otro. Pero la mayoría tenía “cegueras”, incoherencias y vetas de intransigencia. Por ejemplo, Locke, el “padre de la tolerancia”, no toleraba a los católicos ni a los ateos y, sin embargo, influídos por él, los ingleses autorizaron en la India la práctica del sati (la inmolación de las viudas en las piras funerarias de sus maridos), en nombre de la tolerancia. A la vez que desvelan las contradicciones de los Forjadores de la tolerancia y rompen clichés, estas páginas nos animan a preguntarnos cuáles son nuestros propios “ángulos muertos”
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
Benjamin Constant on the self, religion and politics ( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Botanophilia in eighteenth-century France : the spirit of the Enlightenment by Roger Lawrence Williams( file )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
The reader should emerge with a clearer understanding of what the Enlightenment actually was in contrast to some popular second-hand ideas today."--Jacket
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Alternative Names
Laursen, J.C.
Laursen, John
Laursen, John C.
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