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Contexts of Conscience in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700

Harald Braun, Edward Vallance (eds)Palgrave Macmillan (November 2003)

In the early modern period, the conscience stood as a powerful mediator between God and man, directing and judging moral actions. This collection conveys the breadth of the conscience's jurisdiction, analysing its impact on politics, religion, science and the understanding of gender and sexuality. It demonstrates how individuals resolved ethical problems in these areas through applying the methods of casuistry, the branch of theology devoted to resolving difficult moral cases. However, casuistry itself was challenged by newer sources of moral guidance.

  • Harald Braun is lecturer in international history at LSE. 
  • Edward Vallance is lecturer in early modern British history at the University of Liverpool.


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