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The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context : Politics, Metaphysics and Religion - G. A. J. Rogers

The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context

Politics, Metaphysics and Religion

By: G. A. J. Rogers (Editor)

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The philosophy of the Cambridge Platonists in the mid-seventeenth century constituted a unique return to many themes of classical Christian Platonism in epistemology and metaphysics. It did so at a time marked by great changes in the natural sciences and in philosophy under the impact of such figures as Galileo and Descartes and great religious and political turmoil in England associated with the Civil War. As well as examining central aspects of their thought and their political and religious implications, this book explores themes arising from that context and the relationship of key figures in the group with their contemporaries and successors. It consists of a series of original papers written by leading scholars of the period from England, France and Australia. A particular feature is the links made with contemporary political debate, an aspect of their thought hardly touched on in any other publications on the school.

`This collection will be of interest to historians and researches in theology as wel as philosophers.' `The scholarship represented by all of the essays in this collection is of uniformly high quality. The volume is a most worthy addition to Kluwer's excellent International Archives of the History of Ideas. The Review of Metaphysics. (March, 2000)

List of Contributorsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. viii
Introductionp. ix
The Other-Worldly Philosophers and the Real World: The Cambridge Platonists, Theology and Politicsp. 3
Liberte et Verite: Politique et morale dans la correspondance hollandaise de More et de Cudworthp. 17
Critique de Hobbes et fondement de la morale chez Cudworthp. 39
The Heritage of Patristic Platonism in Seventeenth-century English Philosophical Theologyp. 55
John Smith et le Portiquep. 79
Cudworth, Boethius and the Scale of Naturep. 93
Ralph Cudworth, un platonisme paradoxal: La Nature dans la Digression concerning the Plastick Life of Naturep. 101
[characters not reproducible] et Relation: Du platonisme a l'empirismep. 111
The Role of Illuminism in the Thought of Henry Morep. 129
"La Nature est un art". Le vitalisme de Cudworth et de Morep. 145
Force, Motion and Causality: More's Critique of Descartesp. 159
Cudworth versus Descartes: platonisme et sens commun dans la critique des Meditationsp. 173
Les differentes lectures du System de Cudworth par G. W. Leibnizp. 187
Platonic Idealism in Modern Philosophy from Malebranche to Berkeleyp. 197
Ralph Cudworth, Additional Manuscript n[degree] 4981 (On the Nature of Liberum Arbitrium)p. 217
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780792345305
ISBN-10: 0792345304
Series: ARCHIVES INTERNATIONALES D'HISTOIRE DES IDEES/INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF THE HISTORY OF IDEAS
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 31st July 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57