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The Anti-Trinitarian Origins of Liberalism

The CEU Campus
Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 5:30 pm

The lecture traces out the development of Antitrinitarian thought beginning with Erasmus impact in Spain on Michael Servetus, to Servetus's role in the radical reformation, his execution by Calvin, the transmission and radicalization of his thought first in Italy, then in Transylvania, and finally in Poland before its decisive impact on Grotius in Holland, and Hobbes, Locke, and Newton in England.  In conclusion it will try to show how building on the thought of Erasmus, the Antitrinitarians laid the ground work for modern liberalism.

The lecture is mandatory for the students of the Advanced Certificate in Political Thought program.