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Whichcote and the Cambridge Platonists on Human Nature: An Interpretation and Defense

John Russell Roberts

in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume VI

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659593
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745218 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659593.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy

Whichcote and the Cambridge Platonists on Human Nature: An Interpretation and Defense

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Benjamin Whichcote developed an account of human nature that attempts to reconcile the obligations of reason with those of the Christian faith. The chapter offers an interpretation of his account as a variant of the image of God doctrine and argues that its core feature is embraced by the other central figures of Cambridge Platonism, i.e. Ralph Cudworth, Henry More, and John Smith. The viability of Whichcote’s reconciliation is defended against a key objection recently raised by Michael Gill.

Keywords: Benjamin Whichcote; Ralph Cudworth; Henry Moore; John Smiht; Michael Gill; God; deification; voluntarism; mystery; forgiveness; superaddition

Chapter.  18255 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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