Law and civil interest: William Penn’s tolerationism

Andrew R. Murphy, Sarah A. Morgan Smith

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In many ways William Penn is a familiar figure to those interested in the history of religious tolerance and liberty of conscience. The story of a son of privilege who converted to a sect more often associated with the poor and unlearned, then followed his principles of religious liberty to the shores of America and founded a colony dedicated to those ideals, has fired the imagination of generations of scholars and citizens. Penn’s life and career have been explored by scholars from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. And yet, just a handful of years short of the 300th anniversary of Penn’s death, we still lack an overarching treatment of his political thought.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReligious Tolerance in the Atlantic World
Subtitle of host publicationEarly Modern and Contemporary Perspectives
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781137028044
ISBN (Print)9781137028037
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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