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

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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).

Reviews:

  • ‘This outstanding volume brings together thirteen essays on scepticism and religious dissent in late medieval and early modern Spain, Portugal and Italy... The joint enterprise represented by this exceptional volume ‘has led the way to a variety of new panoramas and unexpected itineraries’ (14). Anyone prompted to pursue these further will find here an indispensable resource and an inspiring example.’ — Eamonn Rodgers, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 98.3, 2021, 479-80
  • ‘Scholars of early modern Europe will find much to draw upon in these two volumes [jointly reviewed was Fuchs and García-Arenal, eds, The Quest for Certainty in Early Modern Europe: From Inquisition to Inquiry, 1550–1700]. The strongest chapters focus on religious and theological issues of doubt and uncertainty, but we get many case studies in other areas of knowledge that found ways to navigate the murky waters of the early modern world. Most of the chapters will make fruitful material for graduate seminars and reading groups, but the books’ greatest merit is how well they work together both as individual volumes and as complementary conversations. Editors of collected volumes should take note.’Erudition and the Republic of Letters 7, 2022, 355-63 (María M. Portuondo)

Contents:

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Acknowledgements
Mercedes García-Arenal, Stefania Pastore
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x-xii

Notes On the Contributors
Mercedes García-Arenal, Stefania Pastore
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1-16

Introduction
Mercedes García-Arenal, Stefania Pastore
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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
Mercedes García-Arenal, Stefania Pastore
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297-306

Index
Mercedes García-Arenal, Stefania Pastore
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Bibliography entry:

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 (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 (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 (Legenda)

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

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