Sorana Corneanu, Benjamin I. Goldberg, Diego Lucci (eds.), Philosophy, Religion and Science in Seventeenth-Century England. Special Issue of Journal of Early Modern Studies vol. 11 (1) 2021

This special issue is a collection of essays on the intersections between early modern English philosophy, science, theology, and politics. The first three papers focus on a set of related issues concerning perception, experimental knowledge, and the genres and traditions of natural philosophy. Daniel Schwartz discusses Francis Bacon’s account of the nature of sense perception as a response to skepticism, building upon the atomist and natural magic traditions. Benjamin Goldberg explores the issue of perception and experience in natural philosophy in the context of a set of interconnected print and manuscript collections of medical recipes coming from a group of English thinkers associated with the court of Queen Henrietta Maria. Iordan Avramov discusses the nature and importance of book reviews and correspondence in the early development of the Royal Society, focusing on Henry Oldenburg and Philosophical Transactions. The remaining three papers explore the links between philosophy, theology, and politics in the context of seventeenth-century English thought. Bogdan Deznan discusses the status of eternal truths and their relation to the question of the nature of the Deity in the philosophies of the Cambridge Platonists Henry More and Ralph Cudworth. Diego Lucci takes up some of these theological issues in the context of John Locke’s political and theological writings, especially his Reasonableness of Christianity, focusing on his interpretation of natural and revealed law. Pierangelo Castagneto examines the consequences of the migration of similar issues from early modern English political and moral thought to a very different context, namely Jeffersonian America.

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