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Daniel Garber and Donald Rutherford

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659593.001.0001

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Whichcote and the Cambridge Platonists on Human Nature: An Interpretation and Defense

Whichcote and the Cambridge Platonists on Human Nature: An Interpretation and Defense

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(p.29) 2 Whichcote and the Cambridge Platonists on Human Nature: An Interpretation and Defense
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Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume VI
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John Russell Roberts

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659593.003.0002

Benjamin Whichcote developed an account of human nature that attempts to reconcile the obligations of reason with those of the Christian faith. The chapter offers an interpretation of his account as a variant of the image of God doctrine and argues that its core feature is embraced by the other central figures of Cambridge Platonism, i.e. Ralph Cudworth, Henry More, and John Smith. The viability of Whichcote’s reconciliation is defended against a key objection recently raised by Michael Gill.

Keywords:   Benjamin Whichcote, Ralph Cudworth, Henry Moore, John Smiht, Michael Gill, God, deification, voluntarism, mystery, forgiveness, superaddition

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