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Women Philosophers of Seventeenth-Century EnglandSelected Correspondence$
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Jacqueline Broad

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190673321

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190673321.001.0001

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Margaret Cavendish (1623–73)

Margaret Cavendish (1623–73)

(p.9) 1 Margaret Cavendish (1623–73)
Women Philosophers of Seventeenth-Century England
Jacqueline Broad
Oxford University Press

This chapter contains a selection of the private correspondence of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, as well as several epistles taken from her published works. It includes Cavendish’s letters to and from the Dutch diplomat Constantijn Huygens, the English philosopher Walter Charleton, the Cambridge Platonist Henry More, and the philosopher-theologian Joseph Glanvill, spanning the period from 1655 to 1668. It begins with an introductory essay by the editor, situating the letters and epistles in the context of Cavendish’s wider philosophy, and in the context of early modern debates concerning matter and motion. The topics of the letters range from issues to do with experimental science, the constitution of material things, and the nature of reason to the existence of space and belief in witches and demons and spirits in nature. The text includes editorial annotations to assist the reader’s understanding of early modern words and ideas.

Keywords:   Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, Constantijn Huygens, Walter Charleton, Henry More, Joseph Glanvill, correspondence

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