Anne Conway: A Woman Philosopher

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 7, 2004 - Philosophy
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This 2004 book was the first intellectual biography of one of the very first English women philosophers. At a time when very few women received more than basic education, Lady Anne Conway wrote an original treatise of philosophy, her Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy, which challenged the major philosophers of her day - Descartes, Hobbes and Spinoza. Sarah Hutton's study places Anne Conway in her historical and philosophical context, by reconstructing her social and intellectual milieu. She traces her intellectual development in relation to friends and associates such as Henry More, Sir John Finch, F. M. van Helmont, Robert Boyle and George Keith. And she documents Conway's debt to Cambridge Platonism and her interest in religion - an interest which extended beyond Christian orthodoxy to Quakerism, Judaism and Islam. Her book offers an insight into both the personal life of a very private woman, and the richness of seventeenth-century intellectual culture.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Anne Finch Viscountess Conway
14
CHAPTER 2 A philosophical education
36
CHAPTER 3 Religion and Anne Conway
53
CHAPTER 4 Anne Conway and Henry More
73
CHAPTER 5 John Finch Thomas Hobbes and Margaret Cavendish
94
Boyle Greatrakes Stubbe
116
Van Helmont father and son
140
CHAPTER 8 Kabbalistical dialogues
156
CHAPTER 9 Quakerism and George Keith
177
CHAPTER 10 Last years
203
CHAPTER 11 Legacy
220
Bibliography
244
Index
263
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Sarah Hutton is Reader in Renaissance and Seventeenth-Century Studies at the School of Arts, Middlesex University. Her publications include The Conway Letters: the Correspondence of Anne, Viscountess Conway, Henry More and their Friends, 1642–1684 (1992, a revised edition of a collection originally edited by Marjorie Nicolson in 1930), Ralph Cudworth: A Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality (Cambridge, 1996), Henry More (1614-1687): Tercentenary Studies (1990), and Platonism and the English Imagination (with Anna Baldwin, Cambridge, 1994).

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