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The seventeenth century background : studies in the thought of the age in relation to poetry and religion

Author: Basil Willey
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 1977.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Willey, Basil, 1897-1978.
Seventeenth century background.
New York : Columbia University Press, 1977
(OCoLC)756462073
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Basil Willey
OCLC Number: 9143646
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: London : Chatto & Windus, 1934.
Description: viii, 315 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The rejection of scholasticism --
'Truth' and 'explanation' in the seventeenth century --
Some protests --
St. Thomas Aquinas and Galileo --
Bacon and the rehabilitation of nature --
Twofold truth --
'Forbidden' knowledge --
Sir Thomas Browne --
The 'metaphysical' --
The Baconian --
On scriptural interpretation --
Browne --
The allegorists --
Browne (concluded) --
Milton --
The philosophical quest for truth: Descartes --
Descrates' 'method' and meditations --
Poetry and the Cartesian spirit --
The philosophical quest for truth: Hobbes --
'Body' --
The soul --
The will --
The Christian commonwealth --
Rational theology --
Lord Herbert of Cherbury --
Rational theology: the Cambridge Platonists --
The candle of the Lord --
John Smith's Discourses --
The metaphysical teaching of the Platonists --
Ralph Cudworth --
Henry More --
Joseph Glanvill --
The vanity of dogmatizing --
Sadducismus triumphatus --
The heroic poem in a scientific age --
The climate of opinion --
Thomas Sprat's History of the Royal Society --
Hobbes and Dryden on fancy and judgment --
Milton --
The heroic poem --
Milton's choice of subject --
Miltion and the fall of man --
The tree of knowledge in Paradise Lost --
John Locke --
General --
Locke's theory of knowledge --
Our own existence --
The existence of God --
Evidence --
Revelation and reason --
The existence of other things --
Locke and poetry --
Postscript: on Wordsworth and the Locke tradition --
Index.
Responsibility: by Basil Willey.

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