Secularisation and the Leiden Circle

Secularisation and the Leiden Circle

Mark Somos


This booklet indicates how a gaggle of early-seventeenth-century writers excluded theologically grounded argument from quite a lot of disciplines, from the ordinary sciences to diplomacy. Somos makes use of richly contextualised pictures of Scaliger, Heinsius, Cunaeus and Grotius to increase a brand new version of secularisation as a contingent, cumulative, and incomplete approach, with a few accidental effects. dealing with critical clash, the Leiden Circle realised that rival claims that staked their truth-content and validity on non secular trust have been eventually irreconcilable. progressively they got rid of such claims from appropriate discourse, contributing to the great secularisation that defines modernity. If blindness to non secular claims has develop into definitive of recent politics, Somos concludes, recollecting its old complexity and contingency is vital for overcoming a few of its disasters.

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