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The Metaphysics of Henry More Jasper Reid

The Metaphysics of Henry More

Jasper Reid

Published June 11th 2014
ISBN : 9789400795464
Paperback
412 pages
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The book surveys the key metaphysical contributions of the Cambridge Platonist, Henry More (1614 1687). It deals with such interwoven topics as: the natures of body and spirit, and the question of whether or not there is a sharp ontological divisionMoreThe book surveys the key metaphysical contributions of the Cambridge Platonist, Henry More (1614 1687). It deals with such interwoven topics as: the natures of body and spirit, and the question of whether or not there is a sharp ontological division between them- the nature of spatial extension in relation to each- the composition and governance of the physical world, including More s theories of Hyle, atoms, vacuum, and the Spirit of Nature- and the life of the human soul, including its pre-existence. It approaches these topics and the systematic connections between them both historically and analytically, and seeks to do justice to the ways in which More s system developed and changed sometimes quite dramatically over the course of his long career. It also explores Mores intellectual relations with both his own inspirations (Plotinus, Origen, Ficino, Descartes, etc.) and with those who responded, whether positively or negatively, to his work (Leibniz, Locke, Boyle, Newton, etc.).