PHIL 402 - Undergraduate Seminar in Philosophy
Section: 002 Early Modern Philosophers and the Problem of Religious Toleration
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Enforced Prerequisites:
Philosophy concentrators only.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Between the 16th Century and the 18th Century there was a remarkable transformation in European thought with respect to religious toleration. At the beginning of that period most states did not favor toleration or practice it. By the end of the period it was widely regarded as a universal human right. We’ll explore the reasons for this change, starting with a look at the philosophical arguments against toleration made by Augustine and Aquinas. After that we’ll look at arguments made in the Renaissance by Castellio, Montaigne and Bodin, and in the 17th Century by Locke, Bayle, and Spinoza. At the end of the course each student will write a term paper on some figure not already discussed in class. Among the figures who will be candidates for a term paper will be Roger Williams, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Thomas Jefferson.

PHIL 402 - Undergraduate Seminar in Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
4PHIL Ugrd
W 1:00PM - 3:00PM
002 (SEM)
4PHIL Ugrd
Tu 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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ISBN: 0865974950
A philosophical commentary on these words of the Gospel, Luke 14.23 "Compel them to come in, that My house may be full", Author: Pierre Bayle ; edited, with an introduction, by John Kilcullen and Chandran Kukathas., Publisher: Liberty Fund 2008
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