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« The Chain of Being in Ralph Cudworth, and its Reception in Thomas Taylor, S.T. Coleridge and Ralph Waldo Emerson », par Douglas Hedley

Jeudi 13 septembre 2018, 11 h 30 à 12 h 20, (Pavillon Félix-Antoine-Savard, salle 813)


In this paper I explore the doctrine of the scala naturae in Ralph Cudworth (1617-1688) as mediated by Plotinus and Proclus and its reception in the Anglo- American world in the 19th century. This model of the hierarchical ordering of the universe attained striking expression in the early English philosopher Ralph Cudworth’s opus magnum, The True Intellectual System of the Universe (1678), a work that constituted the foundation of British Idealism and bequeathed a powerful legacy well into the 20th century.

À propos de Douglas Hedley

Douglas Hedley is Professor of the Philosophy of Religion, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.

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