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Uncertainty in Post-Reformation Catholicism: A History of Probabilism

Stefania Tutino


This book provides a historical account of the development and implications of early modern probabilism. First elaborated in the sixteenth century, probabilism represented a significant and controversial novelty in Catholic moral theology. Against a deep-seated tradition defending the strict application of moral rules, probabilist theologians maintained that in situations of uncertainty, the agent can legitimately follow any course of action supported by a probable opinion, no matter how disputable. By the second half of the seventeenth century, and thanks in part to Pascal’s influential antip ... More

Keywords: probabilism, uncertainty, post-Reformation Catholicism, moral theology, Jesuits, early modern world, epistemology, conscience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190694098
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190694098.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefania Tutino, author
Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles