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Margaret Cavendish: Observations upon Experimental Philosophy
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    Black, Andrew 2018. ‘Perswade us out of our selves’: Margaret Cavendish’s regulation of rhetoric. The Seventeenth Century, Vol. 33, Issue. 3, p. 303.

    Begley, Justin 2017. Confessional disputes in the republic of letters: Susan Du Verger and Margaret Cavendish. The Seventeenth Century, p. 1.

    Begley, Justin 2017. “The minde is matter moved”: Nehemiah Grew on Margaret Cavendish. Intellectual History Review, Vol. 27, Issue. 4, p. 493.

    Santana, Carlos 2015. ‘Two Opposite Things Placed Near Each Other, are the Better Discerned’: Philosophical Readings of Cavendish's Literary Output. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 23, Issue. 2, p. 297.

    2014. A Companion to British Literature. p. 396.

    Broad, Jacqueline 2014. Women on Liberty in Early Modern England. Philosophy Compass, Vol. 9, Issue. 2, p. 112.

    Chico, Tita 2014. A Companion to British Literature. p. 143.

    Allen, Keith 2013. Cudworth on Mind, Body, and Plastic Nature. Philosophy Compass, Vol. 8, Issue. 4, p. 337.

    Duran, Jane 2013. Early English Empiricism and the Work of Catharine Trotter Cockburn. Metaphilosophy, Vol. 44, Issue. 4, p. 485.

    Gorham, Geoffrey 2013. The Theological Foundation of Hobbesian Physics: A Defence of Corporeal God. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 21, Issue. 2, p. 240.

    Broad, Jacqueline 2007. Margaret Cavendish and Joseph Glanvill: science, religion, and witchcraft. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, Vol. 38, Issue. 3, p. 493.


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Margaret Cavendish's 1668 edition of Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, presented here in a 2001 edition, holds a unique position in early modern philosophy. Cavendish rejects the Aristotelianism which was taught in the universities in the seventeenth century, and the picture of nature as a grand machine which was propounded by Hobbes, Descartes and members of the Royal Society of London, such as Boyle. She also rejects the views of nature which make reference to immaterial spirits. Instead she develops an original system of organicist materialism, and draws on the doctrines of ancient Stoicism to attack the tenets of seventeenth-century mechanical philosophy. Her treatise is a document of major importance in the history of women's contributions to philosophy and science.


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