This project, based at Humboldt University of Berlin, aims to chart the transformations of sympathy in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English literature and culture, starting with its matrix patterns as formulated in classical antiquity. The project set out with a strong emphasis on Neoplatonism, addressing its various rephrasings and in particular its Early Modern interactions (including the Cambridge Platonists) with other philosophies and mentalities such as Epicureanism and Naturalism. the interrelations between the competing world-views of Neoplatonism and Stoicism and their mutual modifications. In this process, sympathy emerges as a key concept. See attachment for further informations. SympathySFB-Logo
The debate between science and religion is one of the most fascinating and enduring themes of the modern world.
In that debate – sometimes hostile, often harmonious, always complex – Christ’s College has played a significant role.
Whether one looks to the Neoplatonist thinker Henry More (1614-1687), or to William Paley (1743-1805) and his divine ‘watchmaker’, or to Charles Darwin (1809-1882) and his revolutionary theory of evolution, or to the theologian and naturalist Charles Raven (1885-1964), the relationship between scientific understanding and religious belief has exercised some of Christ’s College’s greatest minds.
In a new exhibition held in the stunning period setting of the Old Library, the crucial contribution that these men, and others, have made to this ongoing debate is explored via the College’s rich and diverse collections of printed books, manuscripts and photographs.
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The exhibition will be on display from 5 December 2014 until 29 May 2015.
Henry More (1614-1687)
A Conference to Mark the Fourth Centenary of his Birth.
THE WARBURG INSTITUTE
5 DECEMBER 2014
Supported by the British Society for the History of Philosophy
Organisers Sarah Hutton and Guido Giglioni
Henry More was one of the most important thinkers in seventeenth-century British philosophy. Although he has never achieved the status of proper philosopher enjoyed by his contemporaries Hobbes and Locke, More’s work deserves to be recognized as a significant contribution to early modern philosophy. He was a figure who relentlessly engaged with the most pressing issues of his time. He intervened in the debate about the new science of nature and medicine, contributed in an original way to the recovery of Platonism and various elements of the classical tradition, left a lasting impact on the literary scene, and played a role in the contemporary religious controversies.
This conference will mark More’s centenary with reappraisal of his legacy.
Jasper Reid: ‘More’s Place in Seventeenth-Century Thought’
Guido Giglioni: ‘Henry More’s Psychozoia and the Epic of Emanation’
Douglas Hedley: ‘Henry More and Nathaniel Ingelo: The Platonic Imagination in Cambridge?’
Cecilia Muratori, ‘Henry More on Animals’
Sarah Hutton: ‘Henry More and Renaissance Philosophy: More’s Response to Girolamo Cardano in his Of the Immortality of the Soul’
David Leech: ‘Henry More on the “Boniform Faculty”’
Alan Gabbey: ‘Philosophia Spinozana Destructa: Henry More (1671-1679)’
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A conference on the contents and the role of the Platonic commentary tradition in the Renaissance.
Date: Weds 11th June 2014
Place: Birkbeck University of London
Organized by Stephen Clucas and John Sellars
Speakers: Michael Allen, Anna Corrias, Dilwyn Knox, Jacomien Prins, Valery Rees.
For more information see http://renaissance-philosophy.blogspot.co.uk/
Sarah Hutton will speak on ‘Henry More and the Cartesian context of Newton’s Early Cambridge Years’ at the conference ‘A great variety of admirable discoverys’: Newton’s Principia in the Age of Enlightenment’ at the Royal Society, London, 11–13 December 2013.
For details visit http://royalsociety.org/events/2013/newtons-principia/
An international conference on the presence of Platonism and Neoplatonism in Modern Philosophy
12-14 November 2013
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas
The programme includes papers on Henry More, Anne Conway, Samuel Clarke and the Moral Philosophy of the Cambridge Platonists.
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