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Natural Law and Toleration in the Early Enlightenment$
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Jon Parkin and Timothy Stanton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265406

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265406.001.0001

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The Tolerationist Programmes of Thomasius and Locke

The Tolerationist Programmes of Thomasius and Locke

(p.107) 5 The Tolerationist Programmes of Thomasius and Locke
Natural Law and Toleration in the Early Enlightenment

Ian Hunter

British Academy

This chapter argues that historical accounts of toleration should not be based in philosophical conceptions of religion and politics — as grounded in individual rational choice — but, rather, in historical investigations of the political-religious regimes that tolerationist programmes were designed to attack and undo. It develops a contrast between John Locke and the Christian Thomasius (1655–1728), Professor of Natural Law at Leipzig University. In being directed at different kinds of confessional state, the tolerationist programmes of Thomasius and Locke differ in unexpected ways, ways which are clarified in this chapter.

Keywords:   Locke, Thomasius, toleration, philosophy, history, confessional state, deconfessionalization

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