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Liberty, Conscience, and Toleration: The Political Thought of William Penn

Andrew R. Murphy


This book argues that despite widespread scholarly neglect, William Penn (1644–1718) was a sophisticated political thinker who contributed in important ways to the theory and practice of religious liberty in the early modern Atlantic world. Penn’s political thinking unfolded over nearly a half century and was shaped by four concrete political episodes: (1) the controversy over the Second Conventicle Act (1668–1670); (2) the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis (1678–1681); (3) the founding and settlement of Pennsylvania (1681–1684); (4) and the contentious reign of James II (1685–1688). The book c ... More

Keywords: toleration (religious), conscience, liberty of conscience, Pennsylvania, James II, Quakerism, England, liberty, William Penn, Restoration, political theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190271190
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190271190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew R. Murphy, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

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