Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, (1990). First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 408 pp. Fine / very good +. Item #CNJL2293
Alan Charles Kors (b. 1943), Emeritus Professor of History at Penn, is well-known in scholarly circles for his research into and writings about the intellectual history of the 17th and 18th centuries, for which he was awarded the 2005 National Humanities Medal.
This volume was envisioned as the first in a two-volume set, but it appears from our research that the second volume is still forthcoming. Easily used as a stand-alone work, it "shows that orthodox teachers and apologists in seventeenth-century France were obliged by the logic of their philosophical and pedagogical systems to create many models of speculative atheism for heuristic purposes.
Unusual in its broad sampling of the religious literature of the early-modern learned world, this book reveals that the 'great fratricide' among bitterly competing schools of Aristotelian, Cartesian, and Malebranchist Christian thought encouraged theologians to refute each other's proofs of God and to depict the ideas of their theological opponents as atheistic" (n.b., quote from the web site of the Princeton University Press).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full purple cloth over boards, gilt lettering on the spine; octavo size (9 1/2" by 6 3/8"), pagination: [i-vii] viii-xvi, [1-3] 4-392; this the first printing (with full number line) of the first edition, out of print, the Press now issues POD paperback reprints. Dust jacket of cream laid paper, purple and brown lettering, summary of book on the front flap, publisher's ads for related books on the back flap and back panel; the jacket is unclipped and is without a printed price, as is often the case for books issued by the scholarly presses.
___CONDITION: Volume fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, and as new. The unclipped (and unpriced) dust jacket just a shade below near fine, complete and without noticeable edgewear; with light overall dustiness, sunning to the spine and upper margins, and a small closed tear (approx. one-half inch) on the spine.
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