This book offers the first comprehensive overview of the Catholic Enlightenment in Europe. It surveys the diversity of views about the structure and nature of the movement, pointing toward the possibilities for further research. The volume presents a series of comprehensive treatments on the process and interpretation of Catholic Enlightenment in France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, the Holy Roman Empire, Malta, Italy and the Habsburg territories. An introductory overview explores the varied meanings of Catholic Enlightenment and situates them in a series of intellectual and social contexts. The topics covered in this book are crucial for a proper understanding of the role and place not only of Catholicism in the eighteenth century, but also for the social and religious history of modern Europe.
Contributors include: Jeffrey D. Burson, Richard Butterwick, Frans Ciappara, Harm Klueting, Ulrich L. Lehner, Michael Printy, Mario Rosa, Evergton Sales Souza, and Andrea J. Smidt.
Ulrich L. Lehner is Professor of Religious History at Marquette University, Milwaukee. A member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, he has received awards and fellowships from the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, the Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study, the Earhart Foundation, the German Humboldt Foundation and the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation. He is the award-winning author of several scholarly works on early modern and modern history of religion. Michael Printy, Ph.D. (2002) in History is a visiting scholar in history at Wesleyan University. He specializes in eighteenth-century European intellectual and religious history. He is the author of Enlightenment and the Creation of German Catholicism (2009).
1. General Introduction: Ulrich L. Lehner 2. France: Jeff Burson 3. Holy Roman Empire: Michael Printy 4. Austria and the Hapsburg Countries: Harm Klueting 5. Italy including Papal States: Mario Rosa 6. Spain: Andrea Smidt-Sittema 7. Portugal: Ana Araujo 8. Ireland: Douglas Palmer 9. Poland: Richard Butterwick 10. Malta: Frans Ciappara