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Dr. Marta García Alonso | Associate professor

Marta García Alonso (Oviedo, 1972) holds a Ph.D. in philosophy ( UNED) and a B.A. in canon law ( UPCO). MA in Bioethics ( UNED) and MA in Neuroscience ( IAEU) Her research focuses mostly on the History of political ideas, with a sideline in Bioethics. She has been a visiting fellow at the Institut d'Études Politiques/CNRS-Université Bordeaux IV (1996), the Université Catholique de Louvain (1997), the École Pratique d’Hautes Études-Paris (1999, 2000), the Institut d’Histoire de la Réformation-Geneva (2001, 2005, 2006), the École Normale Supérieure-Lyon (2007-2008), the Maison française-Oxford (2012), the Centre for Ideas and Society/University of California-Riverside (2014) and the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (2017). 


Brief Research Statement

I am a Historian of political ideas, focusing on French-speaking religious reformers and freethinkers of the 16th and 17th centuries. In my Ph.D Thesis and during the first part of my career I worked on the political theology of John Calvin, addressing it in the context of the Genevan Reformation. On the one hand, I discussed the sources of Calvin’s thought in medieval Catholic ecclesiology and canon law. On the other hand, I studied the Calvinist contribution to the modern concept of autonomy. In all my analyses, I make a point of studying concepts in their actual historical context. I have held pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, plus several visiting appointments, at major research centers in my field (Paris, Geneva, Lyon, Oxford, Rotterdam). I published in Spanish a reference research monograph on Calvin (Anthropos), plus an annotated version of his political writings (Tecnos). My major claims on Calvin have been published in English in French at leading journals in the field (History of Political Thought, History of European Ideas, Pensamiento, Intelectual History Review).

For the last five years, I have been working on the philosophy of Pierre Bayle, and in particular his views on political and religious tolerance. I study, on the one hand, how Bayle drew from contemporary debates on religion and politics and, on the other hand, I discuss the practical implications of Baylean views on tolerance.


Research projects funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science 

"Los primeros pasos del laicismo: Spinoza y Bayle" (FFI2010-15578). with researchers from Spain, France and Switzerland (2010-2014).


 Books

-  La teología política de Calvino, Barcelona, Anthropos, 2008.

Reviews

Boletin del Jubileo de Juan Calvino 2 (2009); Contrastes vol. XIV (2009); Isegoría 40 (2009); Éndoxa 25 (2010); Revista Internacional de Filosofía Política 35 (2010); Foro Interno 195 (2008).


- Calvino (1509-1564), [nº 139] Madrid, Ediciones del Orto (2009)


-   CalvinoTextos políticos , Madrid, Tecnos, 2016.

Reviewed at: Protestante digital (junio 2016), Anuario Filosófico 49/3 (2016) Ágora 36/1 (2017)


 Les Lumières radicales et le politique,  Paris, Honoré Champion, 2017.

Including papers by: Julie Henry, Antony McKenna, Elena Muceni, Fabrizio Lomonaco, Paolo Quintili, John C. Laursen y Whitney Mannies, María José Villaverde, Charles Devellennes, Javier Peña, Benoît Cadoux, Olivier Ferret, Peter Bàlazs, Lorenzo Bianchi, Marta García-Alonso, Jonathan Israel.

Reviewed at: La Revue philosophique de la France et de l'étranger 4/143(2018)


Papers:   download here 

  • "Calvin's political theology in context", Intellectual History Review, https://doi.org/10.1080/17496977.2020.1790149
  • “La tolerancia como antecedente de la laicidad. Doctrinas y prácticas”, Repensar lo común, M. Artime (ed.), Madrid, Dykinson 2019, pp. 131-60.
  • "Tolerance and religious pluralism in Bayle", History of European Ideas 45/6 (2019), pp. 803-16.
  • "La inspiración confesional de la Ley de libertad religiosa española: Laicidad de colaboración", Bajo Palabra 19 (2018), pp. 189-201
  • "La leyenda dorada del protestantismo", Hispania Sacra 70/141 (2018), pp. 147-156.
  • “Jonathan Israel et Carl Schmitt. Contre-révolution théologique vs révolution philosophique”, en  Les Lumières radicales et le politique, M. García-Alonso (ed.), Paris, Honoré Champion, 2017, pp. 355-85.
  • "Bayle’s political doctrine: a proposal to articulate tolerance and sovereignty”, History of European Ideas 43/4 (2017), pp. 331-344. 
  • “Creencia religiosa y conciencia errónea según Pierre Bayle”, Anuario Filosófico Vol. 48 No. 2 (2015), pp. 35-56 
  • "La Boétie and the neo-Roman conception of Freedom", History of European Ideas 39 (2013), pp. 317-334 
  • "Biblical Law as the source of morality in Calvin", History of Political Thought 32 (2011), pp. 1-19 
  • "Le pouvoir disciplinaire chez Calvin", Renaissance et Réforme/Renaissance and Reformation, 33 (2010), pp. 29-49  
  • "La Ciudad de Dios como alternativa al sueño de Escipión. Los primeros pasos de la teología política cristiana", Pensamiento 65 (2009), pp. 197-21 
  • “Calvin and the Ecclesiastical Power of Jurisdiction”, Reformation and Resaissance Review 10. 2 (2008), pp. 137–155  
  • «Tutela e insurrección en los orígenes del derecho de resistencia», Revista Latinoamericana de Filosofía Vol. 33 Nº 1 (2007) pp. 5-25 
  • «El control protestante de la transgresión moral: ¿Disciplina o derecho?», Anales de la Cátedra Francisco Suárez 41 (2007)  
  • «La contrarrevolución jurídica de Calvino», Ius Canonicum 93 (2007), pp. 99-118  
  • «La Teología política de Calvino», Pensamiento 62 (2006), pp. 5-20 
  • "Una ética para los cristianos: el fundamento bíblico de la moral calvinista», Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval 13 (2006), 165-180. 
  • «Carl Schmitt o la imposibilidad de una política secularizada», Isegoría 32 (2005), pp. 235-243  
  • «Poder, derecho y secularización. Un apunte sobre Lutero», Revista de Estudios Políticos 129 (2005), pp. 281-301.