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Richard Baxter and the mechanical philosophers / David S. Sytsma.

Author/creator Sytsma, David S. author.
Format Tactile Material, Book, and Print
Publication Info New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Copyright Notice ©2017
Descriptionxii, 338 pages ; 25 cm.
Subject(s)
Series Oxford Studies In Historical Theology
Oxford studies in historical theology. ^A416811
Contents Richard Baxter as Philosophical Theologian -- Baxter and the Rise of Mechanical Philosophy -- Reason and Philosophy -- A Trinitrian Natural Philosophy -- A Commotion over Motion -- The Incipient Materialism of Mechanical Philosophy -- From Epicurean Physics to Ethics.
Abstract Richard Baxter, one of the most famous Puritans of the seventeenth century, is generally known as a writer of practical and devotional literature. But he also excelled in knowledge of medieval and early modern scholastic theology, and was conversant with a wide variety of seventeenth-century philosophies. Baxter was among the early English polemicists who wrote against the mechanical philosophy of Rene Descartes and Pierre Gassendi in the years immediately following the establishment of the Royal Society. At the same time, he was friends with Robert Boyle and Matthew Hale, corresponded with Joseph Glanvill, and engaged in philosophical controversy with Henry More. In this book, David Sytsma presents a chronological and thematic account of Baxter's relation to the people and concepts involved in the rise of mechanical philosophy in late-seventeenth-century England. Drawing on largely unexamined works, including Baxter's Methodus Theologiae Christianae (1681) and manuscript treatises and correspondence, Sytsma discusses Baxter's response to mechanical philosophers on the nature of substance, laws of motion, the soul, and ethics. Analysis of these topics is framed by a consideration of the growth of Christian Epicureanism in England, Baxter's overall approach to reason and philosophy, and his attempt to understand creation as an analogical reflection of God's power, wisdom, and goodness, or vestigia Trinitatis. Baxter's views on reason, analogical knowledge of God, and vestigia Trinitatis draw on medieval precedents and directly inform a largely hostile, though partially accommodating, response to mechanical philosophy.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 287-331) and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Sytsma, David S. Richard Baxter and the mechanical philosophers. New York : Oxford University Press, 2017 9780190274887
LCCN 2016049617
ISBN9780190274870 (cloth)
ISBN0190274875 (cloth)
Standard identifier# 40027338051
Standard identifier# 40027346459

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