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The early modern period inherited the doctrine of providence (Latin providentia) from the philosophical and theological tradition of Christian antiquity. It states that the course of the cosmos, nature, and history is determined neither by blind chance (the “Epicurean” theory) nor by an inevitable fate (the “Stoic” theory) but by the targeted, purposeful, rational, and provident action of God. At the beginning of the early modern period, various implementations of the …

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Beuttler, Ulrich, “Providence”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029912>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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