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The Cambridge Platonists : British and American Playwrights, 1750-1920 - C. A. Patrides

The Cambridge Platonists

British and American Playwrights, 1750-1920

Paperback Published: 5th January 1981
ISBN: 9780521299428
Number Of Pages: 376

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This volume contains the selected discourses of four seventeenth-century philosophers, carefully chosen to illustrate the tenets characteristic of the influential movement known as Cambridge Platonism. Fundamental to their beliefs is the statement most clearly voiced by Benjamin Whichcote, their leader by common consent, that the spiritual is not opposed to the rational, nor Grace to nature. Religion is based on reason, even in the presence of 'mystery'. Free will and Grace are not mutually exclusive. The editor's comprehensive introduction delineates the main principles of the Cambridge Platonists, in the light of their heritage. It compares their attitude to contemporary thought, stressing their mistrust both of institutionalised religion and of the rising tide of materialism. The sermons are reprinted from the original texts and fully annotated with comparisons and references to a wide range of works. The editor also includes a useful list for further reading, biographical notes and a comprehensive index.

A note on method
Biographical sketches
A reading list
'The High and Aiery Hills of Platonisme': an introduction to the Cambridge Platonists
'The Use of Reason in Matters of Religion'
'The Manifestation of Christ and the Deification of Man'
'The Unity of the Church maintained by sincere Christians'
'A Sermon preached before the House of Commons'
'The True Way or Method of attaining to Divine Knowledge'
'The Excellency and Nobleness of True Religion'
'The Purification of a Christian Man's Soul'
An Antidote against Atheism, Books I-II
'The Digression concerning the Plastick Life of Nature, or an Artificial, Orderly and Methodical Nature'
Appendix: selections from Whichcote's Moral and Religious Aphorisms
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ISBN: 9780521299428
ISBN-10: 052129942X
Series: British and American Playwrights, 1750-1920
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 5th January 1981
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Type: Annotated