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Gods and Giants: Cudworth’s Platonic Metaphysics and His Ancient Theology (2017)


The Cambridge Platonists are modern thinkers and the context of seventeenth-century Cambridge science is an inalienable and decisive part of their thought. Cudworth’s interest in ancient theology, however, seems to conflict with the progressive aspect of his philosophy. The problem of the nature, however, of this ‘Platonism’ is unavoidable. Even in his complex and recondite ancient theology Cudworth is motivated by philosophical considerations, and his legacy among philosophers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries should not be overlooked. In particular we will draw on the scholarship of the German Egyptologist Jan Assmann in order to reassess the significance of Cudworth’s theory of religion for later philosophical developments.

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Authors & Contributors
Zupko, Jack
Thijssen, J. M. M. H.
King, Peter
Klima, Gyula
Pluta, Olaf
Knuuttila, Simo
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
History of the Human Sciences
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Oxford (England)
Cambridge University Press
Polity Press
de Gruyter
Philosophy and religion
Natural philosophy
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Cudworth, Ralph
Descartes, René
Gassendi, Pierre
Buridan, Jean
Locke, John
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
15th century
19th century
Naples (Italy)
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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