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Covetous of Truth : The Life and Work of Thomas White, 1593-1676 - Beverley C. Southgate

Covetous of Truth

The Life and Work of Thomas White, 1593-1676

Hardcover Published: 31st January 1993
ISBN: 9780792319269
Number Of Pages: 196

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Thomas White, in the quatercentenary of his birth, is due for historical rehabilitation. English Catholic priest, philosopher, theologian, and scientist, he was a renowned and notorious figure in his own day; and, though long forgotĀ­ ten, his work exemplifies aspects of major current concern to historians of ideas: in particular, the significance of the newly-revived sceptical philosophy; the complexity ofthe transition from scholasticism to the new philosophy; and the whole role of"minor", non-canonical figures in the historyofthought. White's writings embrace theology, politics, and natural philosophy, or science'; and in all these three areas, his work, after centuries of comparative neglect, has slowly been resurfacing. His theological significance received intermittent recognition through the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early-twentieth centuries; but more recently his great importance as leader of a whole "Blackloist" faction of English Catholics has become increasingly clear. Condemned by co-religionists in his own time as a dangerous heretic, he has been assessed by modem scholars as an anticipator of twentieth-century trends in Catholic theology, and even as "probably, after John Henry Newman, the most original thinker as yet producedby modem English Catholicism."2 Blackloism implied not only a theological, but also a political position; and that position was clarified and publicised by White in his single political treatise, The Grounds of Obedience and Government, published in the midĀ­ 1650s. His provocative stance was widely misunderstood and misinterpreted, and was soon anyway rendered untenable by the restoration of the monarchy.

Introductionp. 1
Reputationp. 7
The Manp. 12
Lifep. 21
Blackloismp. 34
Politics: The Grounds of Obedience and Governmentp. 42
Politics: Responses to The Groundsp. 53
The Context of Scepticismp. 66
The Context of Scholasticismp. 83
Science Old and New: Cosmologyp. 93
Science Old and New: Physicsp. 104
Science Old and New: Psychologyp. 119
Science and Religionp. 127
Influencep. 138
Epiloguep. 144
Notesp. 146
Bibliographyp. 169
Indexp. 183
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ISBN: 9780792319269
ISBN-10: 0792319265
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 31st January 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 1.05