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The Secularisation of the Confessional State
The Political Thought of Christian Thomasius

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  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521200837


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  • Christian 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.

    • This was the first book in English devoted to Thomasius's political and juridical thought
    • Will appear in the same year as the first English translation of Thomasius's writings, published in April 2007 by the Liberty Fund
    • Appendix is Hunter's translation of one of Thomasius's key disputations against the crime of heresy: 'The Rights of Protestant Princes Regarding Heretics'
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'Hunter's excellent book offers the first really convincing account of Thomasius' political thought in any language. It is a major contribution to our understanding of the early German Enlightenment and to the development of German political thought.' Joachim Whaley, The English Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521200837
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Religion, politics, and the university
    2. The reform of philosophy
    3. Natural law as political psychology
    4. Staatskirchenrecht: the religious rights of the prince
    5. The toleration of heretics
    Appendix. The right of Protestant princes regarding heretics.

  • Author

    Ian Hunter, University of Queensland

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