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Cambridge Platonists and the Miltonic Heritage

Terryl L. Givens

in When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195313901
eISBN:
9780199871933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The tradition of prisca theologia and the Corpus Hermeticum are Pico della Mirandola instrumental in revival of preexistence. Real flowering is under the Cambridge Platonists, especially Henry More, ... More


Defending the ‘Invisible World’: The Campaign against ‘Saducism’

Euan Cameron

in Enchanted Europe

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199257829
eISBN:
9780191698477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257829.003.0018
Subject:
History, European Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter considers those writers who vigorously defended the idea of an ‘invisible world’ of spirits. These include Nathaniel Homes, Meric Casaubon, Henry More, Joseph Glanvill, and John Aubrey.


Mind and Extension

Robert Pasnau

in Metaphysical Themes 1274–1671

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199567911
eISBN:
9780191725449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567911.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter considers whether the having or lacking of extension can explain the divide between the material and the immaterial. A key notion turns out to be that of a holenmer: an object that is ... More


“Moral Magick”:: Cambridge Platonism and the Third Earl of Shaftesbury

Seth Lobis

in Virtue of Sympathy: Magic, Philosophy, and Literature in Seventeenth-Century England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780300192032
eISBN:
9780300210415
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300192032.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Against the idea of a linear “disenchantment of the world,” this chapter makes a case for the persistence of magical views of sympathy in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The ... More


Réaumur’s Crayfish Experiments in Hartsoeker’s Système: Regeneration and the Limits of Mechanism

Catherine Abou-Nemeh

in The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199987313
eISBN:
9780199346240
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987313.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter investigates the ways in which Nicolas Hartsoeker challenged Descartes’ mechanical model of nature along the lines of the Cambridge Platonists Henry More and Ralph Cudworth, in light of ... More


The Pervasive Influence

Gerard Passannante

in The Lucretian Renaissance: Philology and the Afterlife of Tradition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226648491
eISBN:
9780226648514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226648514.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

When Aby Warburg first encountered Botticelli's Venus he discovered something like an illustrated history of ideas, her metaphysical undressing catching Warbug's imagination. His attention towards ... More


Location

Robert Pasnau

in Metaphysical Themes 1274–1671

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199567911
eISBN:
9780191725449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567911.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter considers the difficult question of what accounts for a thing's location in space. This question is distinguished from the more familiar question of what the nature of space is. A ... More


Baxter and the Rise of Mechanical Philosophy

David S. Sytsma

in Richard Baxter and the Mechanical Philosophers

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190274870
eISBN:
9780190274894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274870.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter sets Baxter’s involvement with mechanical philosophy against the backdrop of the growth of mechanical philosophy, with particular attention to the growing interest in Epicurean ideas and ... More


Henry More and the Development of Absolute Time

Emily Thomas

in Absolute Time: Rifts in Early Modern British Metaphysics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198807933
eISBN:
9780191845727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807933.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter explores the first British account of absolute time or duration, developed in the mid-seventeenth century by the Cambridge Platonist Henry More. It explores the evolution of More’s views ... More


Laws of Nature in Seventeenth-Century England: From Cambridge Platonism to Newtonianism

Peter Harrison

in The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature: Historical Perspectives

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199934409
eISBN:
9780199367740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934409.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In this chapter, Peter Harrison first shows that the Cambridge Platonists accepted Descartes's emphasis on the fundamental laws of nature, but rejected many of the details of his account on several ... More


A Commotion over Motion

David S. Sytsma

in Richard Baxter and the Mechanical Philosophers

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190274870
eISBN:
9780190274894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274870.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter addresses Baxter’s response to Copernicanism, substantial forms, Descartes’s laws of motion, and Henry More’s variant of mechanical philosophy. Baxter was far more concerned about ... More


Ghostly authorities and the British popular press

Andrea Brady

in Gothic Renaissance: A reassessment

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719088636
eISBN:
9781781706893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719088636.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Andrea Brady analyses the complex implications of the return of supernatural phenomena in mid-seventeenth century pamphlet accounts of ghostly hauntings (about ‘real sightings as well as rhetorical ... More


The Significant Voice: Address and the Animal Sign

Tobias Menely

in The Animal Claim: Sensibility and the Creaturely Voice

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226239255
eISBN:
9780226239422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226239422.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter situates sensibility in relation to several canonical accounts of human obligation that contrast the imperatives given by the spoken word with those of the creaturely voice. It begins ... More


The Incipient Materialism of Mechanical Philosophy

David S. Sytsma

in Richard Baxter and the Mechanical Philosophers

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190274870
eISBN:
9780190274894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274870.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Drawing on previously unexamined manuscript evidence, this chapter addresses Baxter’s response to two issues concerning the soul. First, the application of mechanical philosophy to proofs for the ... More


Introduction: Explorations of the Friendship Spectrum

Cedric C. Brown

in Friendship and its Discourses in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198790792
eISBN:
9780191833434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790792.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Milton Studies

Friendship bonds, employing gift exchange, are ubiquitious in early modern society. Despite modern interest in intimacy, most practice is with instrumental friendship, as in models from antiquity. ... More


Newton’s <i>De Gravitatione</i> on God and his Emanative Effects

Emily Thomas

in Absolute Time: Rifts in Early Modern British Metaphysics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198807933
eISBN:
9780191845727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807933.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Isaac Newton’s space and time absolutism is infamous, and would prove hugely influential. This chapter explores Newton’s early manuscript De Gravitatione, and asks two questions of it. First, what ... More


Conditions of Emergence: Kant, Helmholtz, and Analogy

Mark Blacklock

in The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension: Higher Spatial Thinking in the Fin de Siècle

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198755487
eISBN:
9780191816680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198755487.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Chapter 1 describes the disparate conditions for the emergence of higher-dimensioned space as a cultural object. It gives an account of Immanuel Kant’s original work on space, and particularly his ... More


Absolute Time: Rifts in Early Modern British Metaphysics

Emily Thomas

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198807933
eISBN:
9780191845727
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807933.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

What is time? Traditionally, it has been answered that time is a product of the human mind, or the motion of celestial bodies. In the mid-seventeenth century, a new kind of answer emerged: time or ... More


Samuel Clarke’s Evolving Morean Absolutism

Emily Thomas

in Absolute Time: Rifts in Early Modern British Metaphysics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198807933
eISBN:
9780191845727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807933.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Samuel Clarke is best known for the ‘Newtonian’ views on space and time he espouses in the Leibniz-Clarke correspondence. However, his writings on this topic extend far beyond that, and can help us ... More


Are Body and Extension the Same Thing?: Locke versus Descartes (versus More)

Lisa Downing

in Locke and Cartesian Philosophy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198815037
eISBN:
9780191852855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198815037.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Locke’s attempts to prove in the Essay II. xiii. 11–14 that we have distinct ideas of body and of extension. The goal is both to evaluate this anti-Cartesian foray, and to use ... More


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