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Ralph Cudworth

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[New Entry by Sarah Hutton on May 7, 2021.] The English philosopher, Ralph Cudworth (1618 - 1688) defies classification within customary categories of the history of philosophy. At a time when mainstream philosophers announced their modernity by breaking with the past, Cudworth is a figure of continuity, steeped in ancient philosophy, yet abreast of contemporary philosophy and science. He shared the anti-scholastic agenda of self-styled modernisers like Bacon, Hobbes and Descartes, with whose philosophy he engaged, but framed his most original ideas by recourse...

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News source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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