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Covetous of Truth

The Life and Work of Thomas White, 1593–1676

Authors: Southgate, B.C.

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Thomas White, in the quatercentenary of his birth, is due for historical rehabilitation. English Catholic priest, philosopher, theologian, and scientist, he was a renowned and notorious figure in his own day; and, though long forgot­ ten, his work exemplifies aspects of major current concern to historians of ideas: in particular, the significance of the newly-revived sceptical philosophy; the complexity ofthe transition from scholasticism to the new philosophy; and the whole role of"minor", non-canonical figures in the historyofthought. White's writings embrace theology, politics, and natural philosophy, or science'; and in all these three areas, his work, after centuries of comparative neglect, has slowly been resurfacing. His theological significance received intermittent recognition through the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early-twentieth centuries; but more recently his great importance as leader of a whole "Blackloist" faction of English Catholics has become increasingly clear. Condemned by co-religionists in his own time as a dangerous heretic, he has been assessed by modem scholars as an anticipator of twentieth-century trends in Catholic theology, and even as "probably, after John Henry Newman, the most original thinker as yet producedby modem English Catholicism."2 Blackloism implied not only a theological, but also a political position; and that position was clarified and publicised by White in his single political treatise, The Grounds of Obedience and Government, published in the mid­ 1650s. His provocative stance was widely misunderstood and misinterpreted, and was soon anyway rendered untenable by the restoration of the monarchy.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Covetous of Truth
Book Subtitle
The Life and Work of Thomas White, 1593–1676
Authors
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
134
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-1850-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-1850-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-1926-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-4817-0
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 196
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