Amsterdam University Press

Making Truth in Early Modern Catholicism

Scholarship has come to value the uncertainties haunting early modern knowledge cultures; indeed, the awareness of the fragility and plurality of knowledge is now offered as a key element of "Baroque Science". Yet early modern actors never questioned the possibility of certainty itself; including the notion that truth is out there, universal, and therefore situated at one remove from human manipulations. This book addresses the central question of how early modern actors managed not to succumb to postmodern relativism, amidst uncertainties and blatant disagreements about the nature of God, Man, and the Universe. An international and interdisciplinary team of experts in fields ranging from Astronomy to Business Administration to Theology investigate a number of practices that are central to maintaining and functionalizing the notion of absolute truth, the certainty that could be achieved about it, and of the credibility of a wide plethora of actors in differentiating fields of knowledge.
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Editors

Andreea Badea

Andreea Badea is a researcher at the chair for early modern history of the Goethe-University of Frankfurt am Main. She published on the history of knowledge, historiography, censorship and Catholicism. Her latest publications include the co-edited volume Catholic Missionaries in Early Modern Asia. Patterns of Localization (2019).

Bruno Boute

Bruno Boute, PhD (2003) in history at the Catholic University of Leuven, is a researcher at the chair for early modern history of the Goethe-University of Frankfurt am Main. He has published on religious history and censorship, the history of the papacy, and the history of universities in early modern Europe.

Marco Cavarzere

Marco Cavarzere is a researcher at the chair for early modern history of the Goethe-University of Frankfurt am Main. One if his latest publications is Historical Culture and Political Reform in the Italian Enlightenment (2020).

Steven Vanden Broecke

Steven Vanden Broecke teaches early modern intellectual history and history of science at Ghent University. His research focuses on the ethical and spiritual dimensions of early modern knowledge practices, with a special focus on marginalized or contested knowledge practices like astrology.