The Secularisation of the Confessional State
The Political Thought of Christian Thomasius
By (author) Ian Hunter
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Secularisation of the Confessional State by Ian Hunter
Book DescriptionChristian Thomasius (1655-1728) was a tireless campaigner against the political enforcement of religion in the early modern confessional state. In a whole series of combative disputations - against heresy and witchcraft prosecutions, and in favour of religious toleration - Thomasius battled to lay the intellectual groundwork for the separation of church and state and the juridical basis for pluralistic societies. In this text, Ian Hunter departs from the usual view of Thomasius as a natural law moral philosopher. In addition to investigating his anti-scholastic cultural politics, Hunter discusses Thomasius' work in public and church law, particularly his disputations arguing for the toleration of heretics, providing a revealing comparison with Locke's arguments on the same topic. If Locke sought to base toleration in the subjective rights protecting Christian citizens against an intolerant state, Thomasius grounded it in the state's duty to impose toleration as an obligation on intolerant citizens.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521880558
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A discussion of Thomasius's work in public and church law, providing a revealing comparison with the arguments of John Locke.
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Author Biography - Ian Hunter
Ian Hunter is Australia Professorial Fellow at the Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland.
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