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Revisioning Cambridge Platonism: Sources and Legacy

  • Douglas Hedley
  • David Leech

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Douglas Hedley, David Leech
    Pages 1-11

About this book


This volume contains essays that examine the work and legacy of the Cambridge Platonists. The essays reappraise the ideas of this key group of English thinkers who served as a key link between the Renaissance and the modern era.

The contributors examine the sources of the Cambridge Platonists and discuss their take-up in the eighteenth-century. Readers will learn about the intellectual formation of this philosophical group as well as the reception their ideas received. Coverage also details how their work links to earlier Platonic traditions.

This interdisciplinary collection explores a broad range of themes and an appropriately wide range of knowledge. It brings together an international team of scholars. They offer a broad combination of expertise from across the following disciplines: philosophy, Neoplatonic studies, religious studies, intellectual history, seventeenth-century literature, women’s writing, and dissenting studies.

The essays were originally presented at a series of workshops in Cambridge on the Cambridge Platonists funded by the AHRC.


Seventeenth century philosophy English Platonism Early modern thought Cambridge Platonists/Platonism Early modern philosophy Humanism Neoplatonism Newtonianism Latitudinarianism Romanticism

Editors and affiliations

  • Douglas Hedley
    • 1
  • David Leech
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of DivinityUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Department of Religion and Theology, School of HumanitiesUniversity of BristolBristolUK

About the editors

Douglas Hedley is Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge. He has previously held Fellowships at the Universities of Notre Dame (2103-14) Muenster (2017) and was visiting Professor at the University of McGill in 2018.

David Leech is a Lecturer at the University of Bristol, UK. He has published widely on aspects of Cambridge Platonism, including the monograph “The Hammer of the Cartesians: Henry More’s Philosophy of Spirit and the Origins of Modern Atheism.” Peeters Publishers, Leuven, 2013.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Revisioning Cambridge Platonism: Sources and Legacy
  • Editors Douglas Hedley
    David Leech
  • Series Title International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int.Arch.of History Ideas
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-22199-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-22202-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-22200-0
  • Series ISSN 0066-6610
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-0307
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 268
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Philosophy
    Philosophy of Religion
    Modern Philosophy
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