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When Souls Had WingsPre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought$
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Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.001.0001

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Cambridge Platonists and the Miltonic Heritage

Cambridge Platonists and the Miltonic Heritage

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(p.147) 7 Cambridge Platonists and the Miltonic Heritage
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0008

The tradition of prisca theologia and the Corpus Hermeticum are Pico della Mirandola instrumental in revival of preexistence. Real flowering is under the Cambridge Platonists, especially Henry More, along with Anne Conway and Kabbalists, who often combined the idea with theosis or deification. Thomas Traherne was the most prolific poet of the idea. Poets reworked Milton's great epic, to restore what they saw as occluded references to human preexistence.

Keywords:   Anne Conway, Cambridge Platonists, Corpus Hermeticum, deification, Kabbalah, John Milton, prisca theologia, Henry More, theosis, Thomas Traherne

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