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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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Jesuit Probabilism

Jesuit Probabilism

The Theoretical Cornerstones

(p.52) Chapter 3 Jesuit Probabilism
Uncertainty in Post-Reformation Catholicism

Stefania Tutino

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the fullest formulation of probabilism as it was articulated by the Jesuit theorists and professors of theology at the Roman College, which by the end of the sixteenth century had become the center of Jesuit knowledge. This chapter focuses in particular on Francisco de Toledo, Gregorio de Valencia, Francisco Suárez, and Gabriel Vázquez. Through an analysis of a substantial number of these authors’ manuscripts alongside their printed work, this chapter shows how probabilism evolved into a coherent and wide-ranging intellectual system for dealing with human uncertainty. Furthermore, tracing the development of probabilism through the lecture notes of the Jesuit theologians who taught at the Roman College and moved within a larger, pan-European, educational and intellectual milieu allows us to understand how a distinctive, complex, and hugely influential school of theological thought took its shape.

Keywords:   Jesuits, Roman College, Francisco de Toledo, Gregorio de Valencia, Francisco Suárez, Gabriel Vázquez, probabilism, uncertainty

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