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Absolute TimeRifts in Early Modern British Metaphysics$
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Emily Thomas

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198807933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198807933.001.0001

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Early British Reactions to Absolutism: 1664 to 1687

Early British Reactions to Absolutism: 1664 to 1687

(p.93) 5 Early British Reactions to Absolutism: 1664 to 1687
Absolute Time

Emily Thomas

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers early British reactions to absolutism between the start of Barrow’s pertinent lectures in 1664, and the publication of Newton’s Principia in 1687. Although the amount of discussion absolutism received in Britain during this period was much less than it would receive later, it was already capturing the attention of some important thinkers. The reactions to absolutism were mixed. Different kinds of absolutism about space or time was adopted by thinkers such as Samuel Parker, Robert Boyle, and John Turner. In contrast, absolutism was rejected by philosophers such as Margaret Cavendish, Ralph Cudworth, Nathaniel Fairfax, and Anne Conway.

Keywords:   absolutism, Samuel Parker, Robert Boyle, John Turner, Margaret Cavendish, Ralph Cudworth, Nathaniel Fairfax, Anne Conway

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