I am investigating the ways in which a man in a religious contributed to the discussion the natural law, the common law, the English constitution, and the university management. Thomas Barlow's (1608/9-1691) career provides an apposite case study for my interest. Barlow is generally known as Bishop of Lincoln and a rigid Calvinist, but his little studied manuscripts reveal much wider scope of his intellectual and political commitments. I am a frequenter of the Queen's College Library, Oxford, where Barlow's manuscripts are collected.
Born in South Korea, migrated in Japan at the age of 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 questioned and reformed. The sheer range of ideas after Aristotelian Renaissance, the 'discoveries' of the explorers, and Reformation(s) has never failed to thrill me.