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Anne Conway
A Woman Philosopher

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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521109819

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  • Sarah Hutton sets Anne Conway in her historical and philosophical context in this intellectual biography of one of the very first English women philosophers. Hutton traces Conway's intellectual development in relation to friends and associates, and documents her interest in religion--which extended beyond Christian orthodoxy to Quakerism, Judaism and Islam. Her book offers insight into the personal life of a very private woman, and the richness of seventeenth-century intellectual culture.

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    "Hutton deals with both the biographical and the philosophical, placing both their historical context. Clearly written, with a good bibliography." CHOICE

    "[Anne Conway] was a sharp and perceptive thinker, and she occupies a node in the intellectual culture of the seventeenth century that, if given due attention, will reveal to us uite a bit about what was at stake in the great debates of the time, and what the range of possible positions was. Hutton shows this succinctly and well..her book constitutes in itself an argument for the importance of the so-called minor figures in early modern philosophy for anyone wishing to come to a profound understanding of the period." --Justin E.H. Smith, Concordia University: Philosophy in Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521109819
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Anne Finch, Viscountess Conway
    2. A philosophical education
    3. Religion and Anne Conway
    4. Anne Conway and Henry More
    5. John Finch, Thomas Hobbes and Margaret Cavendish
    6. Experimental physick: Boyle, Greatrakes, Stubbe
    7. Physic and philosophy: Van Helmont, father and son
    8. Kabbalistical dialogues
    9. Quakerism and George Keith
    10. Last years
    11. Legacy
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Sarah Hutton, Middlesex University, London
    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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