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Are You Alone Wise?: The Search for Certainty in the Early Modern Era

Susan Schreiner


In present-day America, the topic of certitude is much debated. On one side, commentators like Charles Krauthammer urge us to achieve “moral clarity”. On the other, those like George Will contend that the greatest present threat to civilization is an excess of certitude. This book points out that Europe in the 16th century was preoccupied with similar concerns. Both the desire for certainty, especially religious certainty, and warnings against certainty permeated this earlier era. The book analyzes the pervading questions about certitude and doubt in the terms and contexts of a wide variety of ... More

Keywords: certitude, Charles Krauthammer, moral clarity, George Will, certainty, religious certainty, Protestant Reformation, skepticism, religious violence, appearance and reality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195313420
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313420.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Schreiner, author
The Divinity School, University of Chicago
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