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The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context

Politics, Metaphysics and Religion

Editors: Rogers, G.A., Vienne, J.-M., Zarka, Yves Charles (Eds.)

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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.

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`This collection will be of interest to historians and researches in theology as wel as philosophers.'
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context
Book Subtitle
Politics, Metaphysics and Religion
Editors
  • G.A. Rogers
  • J.-M. Vienne
  • Yves Charles Zarka
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
150
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-8933-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-8933-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4530-5
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4844-8
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 258
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