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The History of Evil in the Early Modern Age
1450–1700 CE





ISBN 9781138236820
Published June 22, 2018 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

The third volume of The History of Evil encompasses the early modern era from 1450–1700. This revolutionary period exhibited immense change in both secular knowledge and sacred understanding. It saw the fall of Constantinople and the rise of religious violence, the burning of witches and the drowning of Anabaptists, the ill treatment of indigenous peoples from Africa to the Americas, the reframing of formal authorities in religion, philosophy, and science, and it produced profound reflection on good and evil in the genius of Shakespeare, Milton, Bacon, Teresa of Avila, and the Cambridge Platonists.



This superb treatment of the history of evil during a formative period of the early modern era will appeal to those with interests in philosophy, theology, social and political history, and the history of ideas.



Table of Contents

Editors and contributors



Series Introduction





 



Introduction



Daniel Robinson





 



1. Towards a History of Evil: Inquisition and Fear in the Medieval West



Teofilo F. Ruiz





2. Witchcraft



Daniel Robinson





3. Medicine



Daniel Robinson





4. Magic and the Sciences during an Age of Change
Peter Maxwell-Stuart





5. Niccolò Machiavelli



Cary J. Nederman and Guillaume Bogiaris





6. Luther



Jennifer Hockenbery Dragseth





7. John Calvin on Evil



Paul Helm





8. Evil within and Evil without: Teresa of Avila Battles the Devil



Bárbara Mujica





9. Anabaptists



Gerald J. Mast





10. Francis Bacon



John Henry





11. Shakespeare and Evil
Claire Landis





12. Hobbes and Evil



Geoffrey Gorham





13. Descartes on Evil



Zbigniew Janowski





14. Milton



Dennis Danielson





15. Baruch Spinoza on Evil



Eugene Marshall





16. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz



Marcy P. Lascano





17. Cambridge Platonism



Charles Taliaferro





18. Indigenous Peoples



Kenneth H. Lokensgard





19. Religious Authority and Power: Rituals of Conflict in Africa



Bala Saho





20. Representations



Charles Taliaferro and Jil Evans





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Author(s)

Biography

Daniel Robinson is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Georgetown University, USA and a Fellow of the Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University, UK.



Chad Meister is Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Bethel College, USA.



Charles Taliaferro is Professor of Philosophy at St Olaf College, USA.

Reviews

This excellent collection provides a road map for those interested in studying the concept of evil in early modern culture. Evil for whom, one might ask? Evil according to what creed, and in what circumstance? Such questions animate the book’s principal aim, which is to show the period’s wide variety of perspectives on the subject, from the intensely theological to the profoundly secular, from the Devil to Thomas Hobbes. The volume is easy to recommend for its depth and vitality, and—too—because the editors allow room for the possibility that evil is not solely a historical phenomenon. Ryan Stark, Corban University, USA