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By Alan Charles Kors

Atheism was once the main foundational problem to early-modern French certainties. Theologians and philosophers labelled such atheism as absurd, convinced that neither the actual fact nor behaviour of nature used to be explicable irrespective of God. the choice used to be a specific naturalism, whose such a lot severe shape was once Epicureanism. The dynamics of the Christian discovered global, even though, which this booklet explains, allowed the huge dissemination of the Epicurean argument. by way of the top of the 17th century, atheism accomplished genuine voice and lifestyles. This booklet examines the Epicurean inheritance and explains what constituted real atheistic pondering in early-modern France, distinguishing such express unbelief from different demanding situations to orthodox ideals. with no figuring out the particular context and convergence of the inheritance, scholarship, protocols, and polemical modes of orthodox tradition, the early-modern new release and dissemination of atheism are inexplicable. This ebook brings to lifestyles either early-modern French Christian realized tradition and the atheists who emerged from its highbrow vitality.

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