I am investigating how the religious sphere and ecclesiastical persons contributed to the discussion of ideas such as civil right, the law of nature, and the English constitution. The writings of Thomas Barlow (1608/9-1691) lead me to the vivid but less known scenes of controversy on these topics. I am a frequenter of the Queen's College Library (the Oxford one!) where Barlow's manuscripts are collected.
Born in South Korea, migrated in Japan when I was sixteen and educated since then. Always fascinated to discover the contested past of the modern commonplace ideas. The early modern period in Western Christendom is the time when many commonplaces fell apart and were deeply contested. The sheer range of ideas after Aristotelian Renaissance, the 'discoveries' of the explorers, and Reformation(s) never failed to thrill me.