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By Louise Hickman

Eighteenth-Century Dissent and Cambridge Platonism identifies an ethically and politically engaged philosophy of faith in eighteenth century Rational Dissent, really within the paintings of Richard expense (1723-1791), and within the radical considered Mary Wollstonecraft. It strains their ethico-political account of cause, usual theology and human freedom again to 17th century Cambridge Platonism and thereby exhibits how renowned histories of the philosophy of faith in modernity were over-determined either through analytic philosophy of faith and by means of its critics. The eighteenth century has ordinarily been portrayed as an age of cause, outlined as a venture of rationalism, liberalism and extending secularisation, major unavoidably to nihilism and the cave in of modernity. inside of this narrative, the Rational Dissenters were accused of being the end result of eighteenth-century rationalism in Britain, epitomising the philosophy of modernity. This booklet demanding situations this studying of heritage through highlighting the significance of teleology, deiformity, the immutability of goodness and the divinity of cause in the culture of Rational Dissent, and it demonstrates that the philosophy and ethics of either rate and Wollstonecraft are profoundly theological. Price’s philosophy of political liberty, and Wollstonecraft’s feminism, either grounded in a Platonic belief of freedom, are perfectionist and radical instead of liberal. This has very important implications for figuring out the political nature of eighteenth-century philosophical theology: those thinkers represent no longer loads a shaking off of faith via secular rationality yet a problem to non secular hegemony. by way of distinguishing fee and Wollstonecraft from other kinds of rationalism together with deism and Socinianism, this publication takes factor with the preferred department of eighteenth-century philosophy into rationalistic and empirical strands and, via contemplating the legacy of Cambridge Platonism, attracts consciousness to another philosophy of faith that lies among either empiricism and discursive inference.

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