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The Well-Ordered Universe: The Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish

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2019.03.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Deborah Boyle, The Well-Ordered Universe: The Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish, Oxford University Press, 2018, 273pp., $74.00, ISBN 9780190234805. Reviewed by Alison Peterman, University of Rochester This is a book about one of the most exciting philosophers of the early modern period -- Margaret Cavendish -- by one of the very best scholars of Cavendish's philosophy. Deborah Boyle's work on Cavendish has been ground-breaking; it also happens to be deep, clear, sensitive, erudite, and creative. The book is Boyle's comprehensive study of Cavendish's philosophy, covering her metaphysics, natural philosophy, epistemology, ethics, and politics. But the book's polestar is what Boyle rightly identifies as the deep unifying theme of Cavendish's work: order. "Cavendish conceives of order and regularity as the highest goods" (6), Boyle writes, and Cavendish's concern with order and disorder pervades all aspects of her philosophy. In the first chapter,... Read More

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