Anne Conway: Bibliography

(Written by Sarah Hutton, 1 November 2013; revised 2018)

Primary Sources:

Printed Works:

Principiae Philosophiae Antiquissimae & recentissimace  de Deo, Christo & Creatura id est de Spiritu & materia in genere . Printed in Opuscula philosophica quibus continetur, Principiae Philosophiae Antiquissimae & recentissimace ac philosophia vulgaris refutata quibus junctur sunt C.C. problemata de revolutione animarum humanorum. Amsterdam, 1690.



The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy: Concerning God, Christ, and the Creature; that is, concernng Spirit and Matter in General. English translation by ‘J.C.’ London, 1692.

The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy. English translation by Allison P. Coudert and Taylor Corse. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Zasady Filozofii Najstrszej i Najnowsze. Dotyczace Boga, Chrystusa I Stworzenia Czyli o Duchu I Materii. Polish translation by Joanna Usakiewicz. Krakow: Arius, 2002.


Parallel Text Reprints:

The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy. Modern reprint of the Latin and English printings, with introduction by P. Loptson, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1982

The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy. Parallel text edition by Peter Loptson. Delmar, NY: Scholar’s Facsimiles and Reprints, 1998.



The Conway Letters. The Correspondence of Viscountess Anne Conway, Henry More and their Friends. ed. S. Hutton and M.H. Nicolson (eds.). Oxford 1992.



Women Philosophers of the Early Modern Period, ed. Margaret Atherton.Indianapolis, IND: Hachette, 1995.

A Dictionary of Philosophical Quotations, ed. A.J.Ayer and Jane O’Grady. Oxford:Blackwell. 1992.

Women Philosophers, ed. Mary Warnock.   London: Dent, 1996.




Christ’s College Library, MS 21: Letters of Anne Conway and Henry More



British Library Additional MS 23213: Letters from various members of the Conway family, 1613-79

British Library Additional MS 23214: Letters from Anne Conway to her husband, 1653-79

British Library Additional MS 23215: Letters from John Finch and Thomas Baines to Edward, 3rd Viscount Conway and his wife Anne Conway, 1651-78

British Library Additional MS 23216: Letters from Henry More to Edward, 3rd Viscount Conway and his wife Anne Conway, 1650-79

British Library Additional MS 23217: Letters, chiefly addressed to Anne Conway, 1671-9.


Secondary Sources

Broad, Jacqueline. Women Philosophers of the Seventeenth Century. Cambridge Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Brown, Stuart. ‘Leibniz and Henry More’s Cabbalistic Circle’, in Sarah Hutton Henry More (1618-1687): Tercentenary Studies. Dordrecht, Kluwer. 1990, 77-96.

Brown,  Stuart. ‘F.M. van Helmont: his Philosophical Connections and the Reception of his Later Cabbalistical Philosophy’, in M.A. Stewart (ed.), Studies in Seventeenth Century European Philosophy, Oxford: Clarendon Press,1997.

Burns, Norman T. Christian Mortalism from Tyndale to Milton. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972.

Coudert, Allison. The Impact of the Kabbalah in the Seventeenth Century. The Life and Thought of Francis Mercury van Helmont (1614-1698). Leiden: Brill, 1999.

Duran, Jane. ‘Anne Viscountess Conway: a Seventeenth-Century Rationalist’. Hypatia: a Journal of Feminist Philosophy. 4 (1989): 64-79.

Hunter, Lynette, and Sarah Hutton (eds.). Women, Science and Medicine 1500-1700. Mothers and Sisters of the Royal Society. Stroud: Alan Sutton, 1997.

Hutton, Sarah. ‘Anne Conway, critique de Henry More: substance et matière’. Archives de Philosophie 58 (1995): 371-84.

Hutton, Sarah. ‘Henry More and Anne Conway on Preexistence and Universal Salvation’ in M.Baldi (ed.), ‘Mind Senior to the World’. Stoicismo e origenismo nella filosfia platonica del Seicento inglese. Milan: Francoangeli, 1996. pp. 113-26.

Hutton, Sarah. ‘Of Physic and Philosophy. Anne Conway, Francis Mercury van Helmont and Seventeenth-Century Medicine’, in Andrew Cunningham and O. Grell, Religio Medici Medicine and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England, ed. Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1996, pp. 218-46.

Hutton, Sarah. ‘Anne Conway, Margaret Cavendish and Seventeenth-Century Scientific Thought’, in Hunter and Hutton (1997), pp. 218-34.

Hutton, Sarah ‘Anne Conway’. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Edward Craig. London: Routledge, 1997. pp. 669-71.

Hutton, Sarah. ‘On an Early Letter by Anne Conway’ in Pina Totaro (ed), Donne filosofia e cultura nel seicento. Rome: CNR, 1999, pp. 109-15.

Hutton, Sarah.‘Anne Conway and the Kabalah’, in Judaeo-Christian Intellectual Culture in the Seventeenth-Century. A Celebration of the Library of Narcissus Marsh, in Dublin. ed. A. Coudert, S. Hutton R.H. Popkin. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999.

Hutton, Sarah, “Lady Anne Conway”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2008 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL =

Hutton, Sarah. Anne Conway. A Woman Philosopher. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

O’Neill, Eileen. ‘Disappearing Ink: Early Modern Women Philosophers and their Fate in History’, in Janet A. Kourany (ed.), Philosophy in a Feminist Voice. Critiques and Reconstructions. Princeton: Princetpon University Press, 1998. pp. 16-62.

Orio de Miguel, Bernadino  ‘Leibniz y la Tradicion Teosofico-Kabbalistica: Francisco Mercurio van Helmont’ Diss. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1992, published Madrid, 1993.

Popkin, R.H. (1990). ‘The Spiritualistic Cosmologies of Henry More and Anne Conway’, in Sarah Hutton Hutton Henry More (1618-1687): Tercentenary Studies. Dordrecht, Kluwer. 1990, pp. 97-114.

Popkin, R.H. (ed). The Columbia History of Western Philosophy. NewYork: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Walker, D.P. (1964). The Decline of Hell. Seventeenth-Century Discussions of Eternal Torment. London: Duckworth.

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