The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context

The Cambridge Platonists were defenders of tolerance in the political as well as the moral sphere ; they held that practical j u d g e m e n t came down in the last instance to individual conscience ; and they laid the foundations of our ...


Author: G.A. Rogers

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401589338

Category: Philosophy

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The Cambridge Platonists were defenders of tolerance in the political as well as the moral sphere ; they held that practical j u d g e m e n t came down in the last instance to individual conscience ; and they laid the foundations of our modern conceptions of conscience and liberty. But at the same time they ma intained the existence of eternal truths , and of a Good-in-itself , identical with Truth and Being, refusing to admit that freedom of conscience i m p li e d moral relativism. They were critics of dogmatism, and of the sectarian notion of "enthusiasm" as a source of illumination , on the grounds that both were disruptive of social harmony; they pleaded the cause of reason , in the hope that it could become the foundation of all human knowledge . Yet , for all that , they ma intained that a certain sort of mystical illumination lay at the heart of all true thought , and that human reason had validity only in virtue of i t s divine origin . They debated with Des cartes and took a keen interest in his mech- ism and his dualism ; they brought the atomistic theories of Democritus back into repute; and they sought to provide a detailed account of the causality link ing all phenomena.

The Cambridge Platonists

... century England ” ( “ The Other - Worldly Philosophers and the Real World : The Cambridge Platonists , Theology , and Politics , ” The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context : Politics , Metaphysics , and Religion , ed .


Author: Tod E. Jones

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761828745

Category: Religion

Page: 163

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The Cambridge Platonists is written with students and novice theologians in mind. It provides context as well as description, while outlining the most representative ideas of the school with clarity and brevity. This introduction will meet the needs of many readers, but for those beginning a study of the works of the Cambridge Platonists, the Eight Letters of Dr. Antony Tuckney and Dr. Benjamin Whichcote not only provide a logical starting point, in that they present the most characteristic ideas of Whichcote-arguably, the Cambridge Platonists' founding member-but also help to clarify what sets this school of religious thought apart from contemporary Puritan theology, as represented by Tuckney. This is the first complete edition of the Eight Letters since their original publication in 1753, now rendered accessible to readers without knowledge of classical languages.

Revisioning Cambridge Platonism Sources and Legacy

In Philosophical theory and the universal declaration of human rights, ed. ... The hammer of the Cartesians: Henry More's philosophy of spirit and the origins of modern atheism. ... The Cambridge Platonists in philosophical context.


Author: Douglas Hedley

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030222000

Category: Philosophy

Page: 268

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This volume contains essays that examine the work and legacy of the Cambridge Platonists. The essays reappraise the ideas of this key group of English thinkers who served as a key link between the Renaissance and the modern era. The contributors examine the sources of the Cambridge Platonists and discuss their take-up in the eighteenth-century. Readers will learn about the intellectual formation of this philosophical group as well as the reception their ideas received. Coverage also details how their work links to earlier Platonic traditions. This interdisciplinary collection explores a broad range of themes and an appropriately wide range of knowledge. It brings together an international team of scholars. They offer a broad combination of expertise from across the following disciplines: philosophy, Neoplatonic studies, religious studies, intellectual history, seventeenth-century literature, women’s writing, and dissenting studies.The essays were originally presented at a series of workshops in Cambridge on the Cambridge Platonists funded by the AHRC.

The History of Religious Imagination in Christian Platonism

The identity of the Cambridge Platonists as a distinct group of philosophers and latitudinarians is also established and ... The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context: Politics, Metaphysics and Religion (Dordrecht et al.


Author: Christian Hengstermann

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350172975

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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This collection provides the first in-depth introduction to the theory of the religious imagination put forward by renowned philosopher Douglas Hedley, from his earliest essays to his principal writings. Featuring Hedley's inaugural lecture delivered at Cambridge University in 2018, the book sheds light on his robust concept of religious imagination as the chief power of the soul's knowledge of the Divine and reveals its importance in contemporary metaphysics, ethics and politics. Chapters trace the development of the religious imagination in Christian Platonism from Late Antiquity to British Romanticism, drawing on Origen, Henry More and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, before providing a survey of alternative contemporary versions of the concept as outlined by Karl Rahner, René Girard and William P. Alston, as well as within Indian philosophy. By bringing Christian Platonist thought into dialogue with contemporary philosophy and theology, the volume systematically reveals the relevance of Hedley's work to current debates in religious epistemology and metaphysics. It offers a comprehensive appraisal of the historical contribution of imagination to religious understanding and, as such, will be of great interest to philosophers, theologians and historians alike.

Cambridge Platonist Spirituality

From Puritanism to Platonism in Seventeenth - Century England ( The Hague : Martinus Nijhoff , 1968 ) . Rogers , G. A. J. , J. M. Vienne , and Y. C. Zarka , eds . The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context ( Dordrecht : Kluwer ...


Author: Charles Taliaferro

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809140381

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 233

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This anthology collects essays, poetry and treatises by a group of English philosophers from the Age of Reason who were devoted to the goodness of God and the spiritual importance of rationalism. These philosophers, known as the Cambridge Platonists, produced a movement in philosophical theology that flourished around Cambridge University in the seventeenth century and influenced not only Great Britain, but the United States and beyond. Their school of thought emphasized the great goodness of God, the compatibility of reason and faith, an integrated life of virtue, and the deep joy of living in concord with God. This volume introduces and presents the key documents of the Cambridge Platonist movement while setting its thinkers in their historical and religious context: the decades of turbulence and political crises surrounding the English Civil War.

British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century

Although they philosophized mainly within an academic context, the Cambridge Platonists addressed the world beyond the lonely towers of academia, choosing to write primarily in English in order to reach a lay public.


Author: Sarah Hutton

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191059506

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Sarah Hutton presents a rich historical study of one of the most fertile periods in modern philosophy. It was in the seventeenth century that Britain's first philosophers of international stature and lasting influence emerged. Its most famous names, Hobbes and Locke, rank alongside the greatest names in the European philosophical canon. Bacon too belongs with this constellation of great thinkers, although his status as a philosopher tends to be obscured by his status as father of modern science. The seventeenth century is normally regarded as the dawn of modernity following the breakdown of the Aristotelian synthesis which had dominated intellectual life since the middle ages. In this period of transformational change, Bacon, Hobbes, Locke are acknowledged to have contributed significantly to the shape of European philosophy from their own time to the present day. But these figures did not work in isolation. Sarah Hutton places them in their intellectual context, including the social, political and religious conditions in which philosophy was practised. She treats seventeenth-century philosophy as an ongoing conversation: like all conversations, some voices will dominate, some will be more persuasive than others and there will be enormous variations in tone from the polite to polemical, matter-of-fact, intemperate. The conversation model allows voices to be heard which would otherwise be discounted. Hutton shows the importance of figures normally regarded as 'minor' players in philosophy (e.g. Herbert of Cherbury, Cudworth, More, Burthogge, Norris, Toland) as well as others who have been completely overlooked, notably female philosophers. Crucially, instead of emphasizing the break between seventeenth-century philosophy and its past, the conversation model makes it possible to trace continuities between the Renaissance and seventeenth century, across the seventeenth century and into the eighteenth century, while at the same time acknowledging the major changes which occurred.

Self Knowledge in Ancient Philosophy

Petit A. , 1997 , ' Ralph Cudworth : un platonisme paradoxal : la Nature dans la Digression concerning the Plastick Life of Nature , in The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical context : Politics , Metaphysics and Religion , edited by ...


Author: Fiona Leigh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191089213

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Self-knowledge - a person's knowledge of their own thoughts, character, and psychological states - has long been a central focus of philosophical enquiry. The concerns which occupy ancient thinkers with regard to self-knowledge, however, diverge in critical ways from contemporary investigations on the topic. In this volume, based upon the eighth Keeling Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, leading scholars explore the treatment of self-knowledge in ancient Greek thought, particularly in Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic thinkers, and Plotinus. A number of chapters identify specific modes of self-knowledge in ancient thought, such as knowledge of one's individual moral or political character in Plato, or one's own discursive thought as compared to that arising from the self-presence of intellect in Plotinus. Others identify interesting points of convergence with contemporary thinking to make interventions in existing debates as well as to articulate new research questions, such as whether Plato regarded self-knowledge as synoptic and diachronic in the Republic, or whether self-knowledge is a condition on virtue for Aristotle. By exploring the distinctions between the fundamental assumptions and conceptual frameworks in which ancient and modern philosophers examine self-knowledge, this volume makes a novel contribution to current scholarship in the field.

Philosophy of Mind in the Early Modern and Modern Ages

The History of the Philosophy of Mind, Volume 4 Rebecca Copenhaver. 1640–1700. ... The Hammer of the Cartesians: Henry More's Philosophy of Spirit and the Origins of Modern Atheism. ... The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context.


Author: Rebecca Copenhaver

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429019470

Category: Philosophy

Page: 372

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The early modern period is arguably the most pivotal of all in the study of the mind, teeming with a variety of conceptions of mind. Some of these posed serious questions for assumptions about the nature of the mind, many of which still depended on notions of the soul and God. It is an era that witnessed the emergence of theories and arguments that continue to animate the study of philosophy of mind, such as dualism, vitalism, materialism, and idealism. Covering pivotal figures in philosophy such as Descartes, Hobbes, Kant, Leibniz, Cavendish, and Spinoza, Philosophy of Mind in the Early Modern and Modern Ages provides an outstanding survey of philosophy of mind of the period. Following an introduction by Rebecca Copenhaver, sixteen specially commissioned chapters by an international team of contributors discuss key topics, thinkers, and debates, including: Hobbes, Descartes’ philosophy of mind and its early critics, consciousness, the later Cartesians, Malebranche, Cavendish, Locke, Spinoza, Descartes and Leibniz, perception and sensation, desires, mental substance and mental activity, Hume, and Kant. Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind, enlightenment philosophy, and the history of philosophy, Philosophy of Mind in the Early Modern and Modern Ages is also a valuable resource for those in related disciplines such as religion, history of psychology, and history of science.

Evidence and Faith

12 Platonism , Christianity , and Some Divine Arguments A central motif for the Cambridge Platonists was “ the candle ... of work by and about Cambridge Platonists , see Rogers et al . , The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context ...


Author: Charles Taliaferro

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521790271

Category: Philosophy

Page: 457

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A narrative history of philosophical reflection on religion from the seventeenth century to the present.

A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy

Cragg, G. R., ed., 1968, The Cambridge Platonists. ... Patrides, C. A., ed., 1969, The Cambridge Platonists. London: Arnold. ... Rogers, G. A. J., J.-M. Vienne, Y.-C. Zarka (eds), 1997, The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context.


Author: Steven Nadler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470998830

Category: Philosophy

Page: 672

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