From Doubt to Unbelief
Forms of Scepticism in the Iberian World

Edited by Mercedes García-Arenal and Stefania Pastore

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 42

Legenda

28 August 2019  •  318pp

ISBN: 978-1-781888-67-4 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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This volume delves into the question of how, in an Iberian world apparently far removed from the battlegrounds of modernity and secularisation, doubt and unbelief found fertile soil, stimulated by social and religious developments. Adopting a multidisciplinary perspective, the contributors show how the crisis of identity produced by forced mass conversion touched off inner crises about the nature of Truth. By tracing the path from medieval Spain to the Spanish Inquisition, and from the great literary and artistic works of the Spanish Baroque to Sephardic Marranism, this volume fills a historiographical gap in European social and intellectual history, demonstrating the importance of the Iberian world in the evolution of European scepticism.

Mercedes García-Arenal is Research Professor at CSIC, Madrid, and Stefania Pastore is Associate Professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. They work on tolerance and dissent in Early Modern Iberia: on forced conversion, on the violent world of the Inquisition and the debates and protests that it sparked, and on the complex interplay of minorities. They have recently collaborated on After Conversion. Iberia and the Emergence of Modernity (Brill, 2016) and, as editors, Visiones imperiales y profecía. Roma, España, Nuevo Mundo (Abada, 2018).

Contents:

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From Doubt to Unbelief: From Doubt to Unbelief
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-ix
Acknowledgements
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x-xii
Notes On the Contributors
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1-16
Introduction
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19-33
Chapter 1 Not Scepticism, But Certainty: A Different Plea For Toleration in Late Medieval Spain
Maurice Kriegel
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34-52
Chapter 2 the Three Rings: Shevet Yehuda-Lessing / Graetz-Fritz Ishaq Baer
Eleazar Gutwirth
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53-72
Chapter 3 What Faith To Believe? Vacillation, Comparativism and Doubt
Mercedes García-Arenal
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75-89
Chapter 4 Dubius in Fide, Infidelis Est: Between Faith and Heresy, Is There A Place For Doubt?
Isabelle Poutrin
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90-106
Chapter 5 Pyrrhonism and Unbelief: Diego Hurtado De Mendoza and the Spanish Tradition
Stefania Pastore
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107-122
Chapter 6 Unbelief, Deism and Libertinism in Sixteenth-Century Italy
Luca Addante
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125-142
Chapter 7 All Things To All People: Baltasar Gracián, Dissimulation and the Question of Interpretation
Jeremy Robbins
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143-170
Chapter 8 the Concept of Doubt in the Trial of Miguel De Molinos (1687) and in the Controversy Over Quietism
Fernando Rodríguez Mediano
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171-190
Chapter 9 the Art of Believing in Golden Age Spain
Felipe Pereda
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193-203
Chapter 10 Decircumcising the Heart: the Eucharist and Conversion in Calderón’s El Socorro General
Matthew Ancell
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204-224
Chapter 11 Marrano Emotions: Francisco López De Villalobos
José Luis Villacañas
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225-238
Chapter 12 Literary Discourse Between the Eternal Validity of the Torah and Philosophical Doubt: the Polemical Writings of Abraham Gómez Silveira (1656–1741)
Harm den Boer
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239-267
Chapter 13 Uriel Da Costa’s Career: An Interpretation
Miriam Bodian
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268-296
Bibliography
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297-306
Index
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García-Arenal, Mercedes, and Stefania Pastore (eds), From Doubt to Unbelief: Forms of Scepticism in the Iberian World, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 42 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 From Doubt to Unbelief: Forms of Scepticism in the Iberian World, ed. by Mercedes García-Arenal and Stefania Pastore, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 42 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 García-Arenal and Pastore, p. 47.

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García-Arenal, Mercedes, and Stefania Pastore (eds). 2019. From Doubt to Unbelief: Forms of Scepticism in the Iberian World, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 42 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (García-Arenal and Pastore 2019: 21).

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