Henry More (1614-1687) Tercentenary Studies

Henry More (1614-1687) Tercentenary Studies : with a biography and bibliography by Robert Crocker

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Of all the Cambridge Platonists, Henry More has attracted the most scholar- ly interest in recent years, as the nature and significance of his contribution to the history of thought has come to be better understood. This revival of interest is in marked contrast to the neglect of More's writings lamented even by his first biographer, Richard Ward, a regret echoed two centuries after his 1 death. Since then such attention as there has been to More has not always served him well. He has been dismissed as credulous on account of his belief in witchcraft while his reputation as the most mystical of the Cambridge 2 school has undermined his reputation as a philosopher. Much of the interest in More in the present century has tended to focus on one particular aspect of his writing. There has been considerable interest in his poems. And he has come to the attention of philosophers thanks to his having corresponded with Descartes. Latterly, however, interest in More has been rekindled by renewed interest in the intellectual history of the seventeenth century and Renaissance. And More has been studied in the context of seventeenth-cen- tury science and the wider context of seventeenth-century philosophy. Since More is a figure who belongs to the Renaissance tradition of unified sapientia he is not easily compartmentalised in the categories of modern disciplines. Inevitably discussion of anyone aspect of his thought involves other aspects.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 16mm | 1,240g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1990 ed.
  • XII, 254 p.
  • 0792300955
  • 9780792300953

Table of contents

Henry More: a biographical essay.- Henry More and the limits of mechanism.- Henry More and the scientific revolution.- Henry More versus Robert Boyle: the spirit of nature and the nature of providence.- Leibniz and More's Cabbalistic circle.- The spiritualistic cosmologies of Henry More and Anne Conway.- Henry More and witchcraft.- Mysticism and enthusiasm in Henry More.- Henry More and Jacob Boehme.- Appendix: A commendatory poem by Henry More.- Henry More and the Jews.- More, Locke and the issue of liberty.- Reason and toleration: Henry More and Philip van Limborch.- A bibliography of Henry More compiled by Robert Crocker.
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`... this collection is strongly recommended to anyone with an interest in seventeenth-century natural philosophy.'
Stephen Gaukroger, University of Sydney
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