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Henry More. The Immortality of the Soul

Edited with an Introduction and Notes

Editors: Jacob, A. (Ed.)

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The significance of Henry More's vitalist philosophy in the history of ideas has been realized relatively recently, as the bibliography will reveal. The general neglect of the Cambridge Platonist movement may be attributed to the common prejudice that its chief exponents, especially More, were obscure mystics who were neither coherent in their philosophical system nor attractive in their prose style. I hope that this modern edition of More's principal treatise will help to correct this unjust im­ pression and reveal the keenness and originality of More's intellect, which sought to demonstrate the relevance of classical philosophy in an age of empirical science. The wealth of learning -- ranging as it does from Greek antiquity to 17th­ century science and philosophy -- that informs More' s intellectual system of the universe should, in itself, be a recom­ mendation to students of the history of ideas. Though, for those in search of literary satisfaction, too, there is not wanting, in More's style, the humour, and grace, of a man whose erudition did not divorce him from a sympathetic understanding of human contradictions. As for More's elaborate speculations concerning the spirit world in the final book of this treatise, I think that we would indeed be justified in regarding their combination of classical mythology amd scientific naturalism as the literary and philosophical counterpart of the great celestial frescoes of the Baroque masters.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Henry More. The Immortality of the Soul
Book Subtitle
Edited with an Introduction and Notes
Editors
  • A. Jacob
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
122
Copyright
1987
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-3603-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-3603-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-247-3512-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-8112-2
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
CV, 468
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