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Henry More, 1614-1687 : A Biography of the Cambridge Platonist - R. Crocker

Henry More, 1614-1687

A Biography of the Cambridge Platonist

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Henry More (1614-1687), the Cambridge Platonist, is often presented as an elusive and contradictory figure. An early apologist for the new natural philosophy and its rational support for Christian doctrine, More also defended the existence of witchcraft and wrote extensively on the nature of the soul and the world of spirits. A vigorous and prolific controversialist against many varieties of contemporary atheism and enthusiasm, More was himself a spiritual perfectionist and illuminist, believing that the goal of the religious life was a conscious union with God.
Until now, most biographies of More have ignored these, his own, preoccupations, and have made of him a rather eccentric but important illustrative figure in one of several larger narratives dominated by canonical figures like Descartes, Boyle, Spinoza or Newton. This is the first modern biography to place his own religious and philosophical preoccupations centre-stage, and to provide a coherent interpretation of his work from a consideration of his own writings, their contexts and aims. It is also the first study of More to exploit the full range of his prolific writings and a number of unknown manuscripts relating to his life. In addition, it contains an annotated handlist of his extant correspondence.

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Early Life and Education
Grantham, Eton and Cambridge
Conversion to Platonism
Early Influences: Gell and Castellio
Psychozoia and the Life of the Soul
The `Divine Life' and its Goal
The Allegory of the Spiritual Journey
Metaphysics, Psychology and Natural Philosophy in the Psychodia Platonica
The `Ogdoas' or Chain of Being
The Psychology of Illumination
Arguing from Nature
Enthusiasm and the Light Within
`A Full but False Persuasion'
`Philosophical Enthusiasm'
`Political Enthusiasm'
Plato Democritans: the Ancient Cabbala Revived
Some Early Disciples and Friends
Platonism and Cartesianism
Innate Ideas and Incorporeal Things
The Cupri-Cosmits and the Latitude-Men
`The Cupri-Cosmits'
The Restoration in Cambridge
Some `Rules to Judge Opinions by'
The Apology of Dr Henry More
The Grounds for Authority
The Intelligibility of Doctrine
The Coherence of Prophecy
The Preexistence of the Soul
`A Most Likely Hypothesis'
The Reaction against Preexistence
Preexistence and Providence
A Natural History of the World of Spirits
A `True History of Spirits'
The Webster-More Debate
The Limits of Mechanism and the Experimental Philosophy of the Royal Society
The Two Keys of Providence
The Threat of "Nullibism"
Henry Stubbe and the Royal Society
Robert Boyle and the Spirit of Nature
Hylozoism and the Nature of Material Substance
Glisson's `Energetic Substance'
The `Psychopyrism' of Richard Baxter
Errant Disciple: John Finch and his Treatise
The Kabbalah and the Quakers: F.M. van Helmont, Anne Conway, van Helmont, and Knorr von Rosenroth
The Jewish and `Greek' Cabbalas
More, Anne Conway and the Quakers
Conclusion
Bibliography:
Primary Sources
Secondary Sources
Appendix: The Correspondence of Henry More
Index
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ISBN: 9781402015021
ISBN-10: 140201502X
Series: International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Idees
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 30th November 2003
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.34
Edition Type: Annotated