<p>Abstract:</p><p>Little is known about the shaping and development of Anne Conway's thought in relation to her early modern contemporaries. In one part of her only surviving treatise, <i>The Principles</i>, Conway criticises "those doctors" who uphold a dualist theory of soul and body, a mechanist conception of body (as dead and inert), and the view that the soul is "intimately present" in the body. In this paper, I argue that here she targets Walter Charleton, a well-known defender of Epicurean atomism in mid-seventeenth-century England. My intention is to highlight the sophistication of Conway's theory of soul-body relations vis-a-vis that of Charleton.</p>
Journal of the History of Ideas – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Nov 7, 2018
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