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The Birth of Modern Belief$
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Ethan H. Shagan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174747

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174747.001.0001

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The Birth of Modern Belief
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Ethan H. Shagan

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174747.003.0009

BELIEF HAS A history; it changes over time. Thomas Kuhn famously borrowed the term “paradigm” to describe regimes of scientific principle and practice, while Michel Foucault adopted “episteme” to describe the intellectual conditions in which knowledge is made. This book has suggested that there are also “credulities”: spaces or conditions of believing. A credulity is a framework of intellectual resources and assumptions that shapes religious knowledge and its relationship to other truth-claims. The term does not refer to a particular orthodoxy; on the contrary, I use the root ...

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