Religion, Reason and Nature in Early Modern Europe (International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Idees v.
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From a variety of perspectives, the essays presented here explore the profound interdependence of natural philosophy and rational religion in the 'long seventeenth century' that begins with the burning of Bruno in 1600 and ends with the Enlightenment in the early Eighteenth century. From the writings of Grotius on natural law and natural religion, and the speculative, libertin novels of Cyrano de Bergerac, to the better-known works of Descartes, Malebranche, Cudworth, Leibniz, Boyle, Spinoza, Newton, and Locke, an increasing emphasis was placed on the rational relationship between religious doctrine, natural law, and a personal divine providence. While evidence for this intrinsic relationship was to be located in different places - in the ideas already present in the mind, in the observations and experiments of the natural philosophers, and even in the history, present experience, and prophesied future of mankind - the result enabled and shaped the broader intellectual and scientific discourses of the Enlightenment.
Contributors. Acknowledgements. Introduction. The Regularization of Providence in Post-Cartesian Philosophy; S. Brown. Grotius: Natural Law and Natural Religion; J. Lagree. The Paradoxes of Modernity: Rational Religion and Mythical Science in the Novels of Cyrano de Bergerac; M. Sankey. Ralph Cudworth, God, Mind and Nature; S. Hutton. Henry More and the Pre-existence of the Soul; R. Crocker. Robert Boyle, 'The Christian Virtuoso' and the Rhetoric of 'Reason'; L. Mulligan. Spinoza and Boyle: Rational Religion and Natural Philosophy; L. Simonutti. Nature, Man and God in the English Enlightenment; G.A.J. Rogers. Newton's Theocentric Cosmogony and Hume's Cometary 'Seeds'; J.E. Force. The Image of Judaism in Seventeenth Century Europe; R.H. Popkin. Scaling the Ladder of Being: Theology and Early Theories of Evolution; P. Harrison. Index.
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