The Legacy of Anne Conway (1631-1679): Reverberations from a Mystical Naturalism

The Legacy of Anne Conway (1631-1679): Reverberations from a Mystical Naturalism

by Carol Wayne White
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791474658

ISBN-13: 9780791474655

Pub. Date: 06/05/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Carol Wayne White introduces readers to the religious naturalism of the seventeenth-century English philosopher Anne Conway, whose work offers an analysis of the mechanical conception of nature. White shows how Conway’s mystical cosmology provides an alternative to the dominant mechanistic models advanced by her leading male contemporaries, especially Descartes.

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Carol Wayne White introduces readers to the religious naturalism of the seventeenth-century English philosopher Anne Conway, whose work offers an analysis of the mechanical conception of nature. White shows how Conway’s mystical cosmology provides an alternative to the dominant mechanistic models advanced by her leading male contemporaries, especially Descartes. She connects these philosophic impulses to Conway’s late religious conversion to Quakerism, arguing that Quaker practical mysticism and its emphasis on equality within the natural order resonate with Conway’s philosophic naturalism. White also explores Conway’s continuity with and departure from current veins of religious naturalism, which entail an aesthetic ethical mandate seeking the increase of goodness in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791474655
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/05/2008
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Part 1
Anne Conway and Her Contemporaries     3
Esoteric Knowledge, Practical Mysticism, and Embodied Love     11
Conway, Descartes, and the New Mechanical Science     39
Part 2
Conway's Religious Vitalism, Visionary Countertraditions, and the "More" of Life     63
Processing Conway's Religious Naturalism     81
Cultural Reverberations: Love, Religious Naturalism, and Feminism     97
Notes     119
Bibliography     141
Index     153

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