Finished reading today (March 27), A History of Freedom of Thought, by J. B. Bury, M.A., F.B.A.
This 272 page book was first published by Henry Holt and Company, London in 1913.
As I read a lot, it is difficult, for want of time, to prepare a summary of the theme and insights the book contains. However, I may mention whether the book I read is worth reading and why.
This history of the freedom of thought ought to be considered an essential reading. It narrates all the stages freedom of thought has undergone, and tries to explicate the layers of this absolutely indispensable category of human condition.
Given its subject-matter, I wonder will this ever be translated into Urdu!
Have a look at the Contents of the book:
I - Introductory
II - Reason Free (Greece and Rome)
III - Reason in Prison (The Middle Ages)
IV - Prospect of Deliverance (The Renaissance and the Reformation)
V - Religious Toleration
VI - The Growth of Rationalism (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries)
VII - The Progress of Rationalism (Nineteenth Century)
VIII - The Justification of Liberty of Thought
- Index 254