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Margaret Cavendish: Essential Writings

David Cunning


Margaret Cavendish, a seventeenth-century philosopher, scientist, poet, playwright, and novelist, went to battle with the great thinkers of her time, and in many cases arguably got the better of them, but she did not have the platform that she would have had in the twenty-first century. She took a creative and systematic stand on the major questions of philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaphysics, and political philosophy. She defends a number of theses across her corpus: for example, that human beings and all other members of the created universe are wholly material; that matter is eternal; ... More

Keywords: materialism, vitalism, animal cognition, embodied intelligence, order, freedom, imagination, alternative worlds, gender, knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190664053
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190664053.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Cunning, author
Professor of Philosophy and Collegiate Scholar, University of Iowa