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Richard Baxter and the Mechanical Philosophers
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Richard Baxter and the Mechanical Philosophers

David S. Sytsma

Abstract

Richard Baxter, one of the most famous Puritans of the seventeenth century, is generally known as a writer of practical and devotional literature. But he also excelled in knowledge of medieval and early modern scholastic theology, and was conversant with a wide variety of seventeenth-century philosophies. Baxter was among the early English polemicists to write against the mechanical philosophy of René Descartes and Pierre Gassendi in the years immediately following the establishment of the Royal Society. At the same time, he was friends with Robert Boyle and Matthew Hale, corresponded with Jos ... More

Keywords: mechanical philosophy, Epicureanism, Puritanism, vestigia Trinitatis, laws of motion, soul, natural law, René Descartes, Pierre Gassendi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190274870
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274870.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David S. Sytsma, author
Assistant Professor, Tokyo Christian University