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Sympathy: Transformations and Functions between 1600 and 1800

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

Science and Religion. An exhibition at Christ’s College Cambridge featuring Henry More.

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.

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Henry More centenary conference

Henry More (1614-1687)
A Conference to Mark the Fourth Centenary of his Birth.
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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Platonic Commentaries in the Renaissance

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.

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The event is free and open to all.
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Tercer Coloquio Internacional Presencia del platonismo y neoplatonismo en la Modernidad filosófica

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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