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Henry More, 1614-1687

A Biography of the Cambridge Platonist

Authors: Crocker, R.

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Henry More (1614-1687), the Cambridge Platonist, is often presented as an elusive and contradictory figure. An early apologist for the new natural philosophy and its rational support for Christian doctrine, More also defended the existence of witchcraft and wrote extensively on the nature of the soul and the world of spirits. A vigorous and prolific controversialist against many varieties of contemporary `atheism' and `enthusiasm', More was himself a spiritual perfectionist and illuminist, believing that the goal of the religious life was a conscious union with God.
Until now, most biographies of More have ignored these, his own, preoccupations, and have made of him a rather eccentric but important illustrative figure in one of several larger narratives dominated by canonical figures like Descartes, Boyle, Spinoza or Newton. This is the first modern biography to place his own religious and philosophical preoccupations centre-stage, and to provide a coherent interpretation of his work from a consideration of his own writings, their contexts and aims. It is also the first study of More to exploit the full range of his prolific writings and a number of unknown manuscripts relating to his life. In addition, it contains an annotated handlist of his extant correspondence.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Henry More, 1614-1687
Book Subtitle
A Biography of the Cambridge Platonist
Authors
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
185
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-0217-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-0217-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1502-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6373-1
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 278
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