Henry More. The Immortality of the Soul: Edited with an Introduction and Notes

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Springer Science & Business Media, 1987 M04 30 - 468 pages
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The significance of Henry More's vitalist philosophy in the history of ideas has been realized relatively recently, as the bibliography will reveal. The general neglect of the Cambridge Platonist movement may be attributed to the common prejudice that its chief exponents, especially More, were obscure mystics who were neither coherent in their philosophical system nor attractive in their prose style. I hope that this modern edition of More's principal treatise will help to correct this unjust im pression and reveal the keenness and originality of More's intellect, which sought to demonstrate the relevance of classical philosophy in an age of empirical science. The wealth of learning -- ranging as it does from Greek antiquity to 17th century science and philosophy -- that informs More' s intellectual system of the universe should, in itself, be a recom mendation to students of the history of ideas. Though, for those in search of literary satisfaction, too, there is not wanting, in More's style, the humour, and grace, of a man whose erudition did not divorce him from a sympathetic understanding of human contradictions. As for More's elaborate speculations concerning the spirit world in the final book of this treatise, I think that we would indeed be justified in regarding their combination of classical mythology amd scientific naturalism as the literary and philosophical counterpart of the great celestial frescoes of the Baroque masters.
 

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Contents

Biographical Introduction
i
The intellectual background of The Immortality of the Soul
xi
The composition and reception of The Immortality of the Soul
xxxix
Analysis of The Immortality of the Soul
xlix
I More and Hobbes
li
II More and Descartes Psychology
lxviii
III More and Neoplatonism
lxxix
Textual Introduction
xciv
The CONTENTS of the Preface
4
The IMMORTALITY of THE SOUL
22
The Second Book
77
The Third Book
191
The CONTENTS
309
Commentary Notes
328
Textual Notes
439
Bibliography
447

To the Right Honourable EDWARD Lord Viscount
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Dr. Alexander Jacob is the author of ?Edgar Julius Jung. The Rule of the Inferiour?, a translation of ?Die Herrschaft der Minderwertigen? (1930), with an Introduction and Notes, Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1995.

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