The Philosophy of John Norris [NOOK Book]

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Best known today as one of the earliest critics of John Locke, John Norris (1657-1711) incorporated ideas of Augustine, Malebranche, Plato, the Cambridge Platonists, and the scholastics into an original synthesis that was highly influential on the philosophy and theology of his day. Offering detailed considerations of his writings on metaphysics, knowledge, faith, moral philosophy, as well as his controversy with Locke, W. J. Mander presents a much-needed study of this unjustly neglected thinker, and the ...
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The Philosophy of John Norris

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Overview

Best known today as one of the earliest critics of John Locke, John Norris (1657-1711) incorporated ideas of Augustine, Malebranche, Plato, the Cambridge Platonists, and the scholastics into an original synthesis that was highly influential on the philosophy and theology of his day. Offering detailed considerations of his writings on metaphysics, knowledge, faith, moral philosophy, as well as his controversy with Locke, W. J. Mander presents a much-needed study of this unjustly neglected thinker, and the different perspective he offers on this seminal period in philosophical history.
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"This book is a comprehensive study of the philosophy of John Norris, one of the most neglected British philosophers of the early modern period.... This book is the first of its kind in English in almost thirty years and certainly the most philosophical and sympathetic portrayal in the literature.... What makes Mander's book an important read, even for those who may not initially be interested in Norris, is that it makes a compelling argument for studying minor figures generally."—Lawrence Nolan, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191552168
  • Publisher: Netlibrary Inc
  • Publication date: 6/26/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 417 KB

Meet the Author

W. J. Mander teaches philosophy at Harris Manchester College. He has published extensively on the history of British Idealism.

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Table of Contents

1 Life, Work, and Influences 1

1.1 Life 1

1.2 Work 2

1.3 Influences 4

2 Metaphysics 15

2.1 The Intelligible World 16

2.2 The Existence of the Intelligible World 18

2.3 The Intelligible and the Divine World 37

2.4 The Intelligible and the Natural World 55

3 Knowledge 61

3.1 Mind and Body 61

3.2 The Souls of Animals 66

3.3 Knowledge: Thought and Souls 68

3.4 Knowledge: God 72

3.5 Mediate Knowledge: External World 75

3.6 Discussion and Assessment of Norris's Theory 86

3.7 Was Norris an Idealist? 91

4 Faith and Reason 99

4.1 The Socinian Controversy 99

4.2 Faith 101

4.3 Reason 105

4.4 Above Reason and Contrary to Reason 107

4.5 The Measure of Truth 110

4.6 Faith and Reason 115

4.7 Malebranche 117

4.8 Descartes 119

4.9 Locke 121

5 Love 127

5.1 The Theory of Love 130

5.2 The Regulation of Love 145

5.3 The Measure of Divine Love 156

6 Controversy with Locke 169

6.1 Norris's Criticisms of Locke 169

6.2 Locke's Responses 185

6.3 Concluding Comments 197

7 Concluding Remarks 199

Bibliography 207

Index 215

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