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Uncertainty in Post-Reformation CatholicismA History of Probabilism$
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Stefania Tutino

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190694098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190694098.001.0001

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The Building Blocks

The Building Blocks

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Uncertainty in Post-Reformation Catholicism

Stefania Tutino

Oxford University Press

This chapter is an introduction to the general approach that this book takes in understanding probabilism, and to the intellectual categories and theological vocabulary that early modern probabilists used and built upon, including Aquinas’s elaboration on the nature of the conscience, Aristotle’s and Cicero’s understanding of probability, and the post-Reformation developments of the sacrament of confession. This chapter also sets the debates on moral theology in a wider historical context, characterized by the emergence of new scientific, economic, and cultural phenomena, and by the increasingly global dimension of the Catholic world. As such, this chapter functions as a sort of historical and historicized glossary, intended as an aid to the reader who might be unfamiliar with the more specialized and technical aspects of this book.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Cicero, Aquinas, post-Reformation theology, probability, conscience, confession, early modern culture, global Catholicism

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