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Henry More
and the Scientific Revolution

2nd Edition

Part of Cambridge Science Biographies

  • Author: A. Rupert Hall, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London
  • Date Published: June 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521562232


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  • Henry More (1614–87) was the greatest English metaphysical theologian and the most perplexing; he was also perhaps the most distinguished member of the group of divines known as the Cambridge Platonists. An admirer of Galileo, Descartes, and Boyle, he rejected their detailed applications of mechanical philosophy to the explanation of natural phenomena. He was an experimenter, yet also a cabbalist and one of the few writers whom Newton acknowledged as having influenced his ideas. This thorough and accessible biography is the first book-length treatment of this remarkable character. More's important contributions to science are illuminated, particularly his work on space and time which influenced Newton, and the book gives fascinating insights into his spiritual philosophy and his preoccupation with witchcraft. The depth of Professor Hall's scholarship makes the book an exceptional account of the turbulent world of the Scientific Revolution.

    • The first book-length treatment of this subject
    • More made important contributions both to science and philosophy
    • Coverage of the turbulent times surrounding the Scientific Revolution
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521562232
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General editor's preface
    Part I. Platonic and Personal Background:
    1. Introduction
    2. Platonism
    3. Platonism and the Scientific Revolution
    4. The Cambridge Platonists
    5. Henry More, man of paradox
    Part II. For and Against the Scientific Revolution:
    6. Henry More's philosophy
    7. The spirit world
    8. More and Descartes
    9. More and the Royal Society
    10. More and Newton: space and time
    11. More and Newton: force
    12. Conclusion

  • Author

    A. Rupert Hall, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London

    Preface by

    David Knight

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