Christianity, Antiquity, and Enlightenment: Interpretations by Victor Nuovo

By Victor Nuovo

The amount will encompass a chain of interpretative stories of Locke’s philosophical and non secular suggestion in ancient context and think about his contributions to the Enlightenment and smooth liberal suggestion.

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Damaris was attending him, and reading from the Psalms. He expressed some discomfort and asked her to pause. 43 39 Cudworth named his daughter well: Damaris is one of two person’s named among St Paul’s converts following his sermon on the Areopagus of Athens; the other was Dionysius the Areopagite. On Damaris Cudworth as philosopher see the important studies by Sarah Hutton, who offers a careful account based on all available sources in ‘Damaris Cudworth, Lady Masham, Between Platonism and Enlightenment’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, i/1 (February, 1993), 30–54; and Luisa Simonutti, ‘Dalla Poesia Metafisica alla filosofia Lociana.

We know that Locke assisted Boyle in his natural philosophical researches, and his correspondence with Boyle after both had left Oxford shows that Locke continued in this role, or at least made protestations of his readiness to do so. 30 The titles reveal that Locke was interested in Boyle’s theological as well as his natural philosophical opinions. Other works and manuscripts cited in his notebooks at this time are of the sort that Boyle would have recommended to an aspiring Christian Virtuoso.

William Offley (London: Leon. Lichfield, 1699). A manuscript version very nearly the same as the one in Locke’s notebook is in the library of St John’s College, Cambridge, MS K. 38. This has been transcribed and published as ‘A Library for Younger Schollers’, ed. Alma De Jordy and Harris Francis Fletcher, Illinois Studies in Language and Literature, vol. 48 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1961). It is probable that Locke’s copy of this manuscript derives from a copy originally in Boyle’s library in Oxford, to which Locke had access; see Locke to J.

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