The interplay between knowledge and religion forms a pivotal component of how early modern individuals and societies understood themselves and their surroundings. Knowledge of the self in pursuit of salvation, humanistic knowledge within a confessional education, as well as inherently subversive knowledge acquired about religion(s) offer instructive instances of this interplay. To these are added essays on medical knowledge in its religious and social contexts, the changing role of imagination in scientific thought, the philosophical and political problems of representation, and attempts to counter Enlightenment criteria of knowledge at the end of the period, serving here as multifaceted studies of the dynamics and shifts in sensitivity and stress in the interplay between knowledge and religion within evolving early modern contexts.
Asaph Ben-Tov, Ph.D. (2007) in History, Hebrew University Jerusalem. Currently working on the role of Classics and Oriental Studies at German universities of the Early Enlightenment. He is the author of Lutheran Humanists and Greek Antiquity (Brill, 2009).
Yaacov Deutsch, Ph.D (2005) in History, Hebrew University Jerusalem is head of the History Department at David Yellin College and Executive Director of the World Union of Jewish Studies. He is the author of Judaism in Christian Eyes: Ethnographic Descriptions of Jews and Judaism in Early Modern Europe (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Tamar Herzig, Ph.D. (2005) in History, Hebrew University Jerusalem, is a senior lecturer in early modern history at Tel Aviv University and the author of Savonarola’s Women: Visions and Reform in Renaissance Italy (The University of Chicago Press, 2008).
"[...] the essays open up useful perspectives and make important contributions to our knowledge of the connections between religion and different kinds of knowledge in early modern Europe. On the whole, this is a valuable book that brings together intriguing scholarship and offers many interesting insights."
Lorenzo Casini, Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 67, No. 1 (Spring 2014), pp. 321-322
Note on Contributors
Introduction, Tamar Herzig
PART I: RELIGION AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE AGE OF THE REFORMATION
“Eruditio Ancilla Reformationis”: Theodore Beza and the Uses of History in the Icones, Myriam Yardeni
General Confession and Self-Knowledge in Early Modern Catholicism, Moshe Sluhovsky
PART II: MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE
Imagination, Passions, and the Production of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: From Lipsius to Descartes, Raz Chen-Morris
Love for All: The Medical Discussion of Lovesickness in Jacob Zahalon’s The Treasure of Life (Otzar ha-Ḥayyim), Michal Altbauer-Rudnik
PART III: KNOWLEDGE OF NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS
Religious Rituals and Ethnographic Knowledge: Sixteenth-Century Descriptions of Circumcision, Yaacov Deutsch
Islam, Eastern Christianity, and Superstition according to Some Early Modern English Observers, Zur Shalev
Pagan Gods in Late Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century German Universities: A Sketch, Asaph Ben-Tov
PART IV:ENLIGHTENMENT AND COUNTER-ENLIGHTENMENT
Between Representation and Impersonation: Rousseau on Theatre and Politics, David Heyd
The Invention of the Counter-Enlightenment: The Case for the Defense, Joseph Mali
Afterword: The Changing Contours of Early Modern Intellectual History, Theodore K. Rabb
Michael Heyd: A Select Bibliography
All those interested in the religious, intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe, as well as in premodern philosophical, scientific and medical knowledge.