Metaphysics in the Reformation

The Case of Peter Martyr Vermigli

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Silvianne Aspray
  • Oxford: 
    Oxford University Press
    , April
     176 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Andrew A. Chibi forthcoming.


This monograph bridges two discourses that so far have remained largely separate: debates about how and why secular modernity emerged, and Reformation studies. In telling the history of secularity, scholars have often focussed on late medieval shifts concerning the God-world-relationship (metaphysics). But how does the Reformation fit into this history? This book answers this question by investigating the implied metaphysics of the Reformation.

To do so, it first proposes a new approach for studying the God-world-relationship in works which are not explicitly metaphysical, which is the case for most Reformation sources. Secondly, it applies this methodology to the work of one lesser known, but important reformer, Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562), concluding that his work simultaneously inhabits two different models of understanding the God-world-relationship. The book concludes by highlighting the significance of this finding for understanding the Reformation and its place in the history of secularity.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Silvianne Aspray (née Bürki) is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. She received her PhD in philosophical theology from Cambridge in 2018.


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