Ralph Cudworth and the theological origins of consciousness

  title={Ralph Cudworth and the theological origins of consciousness},
  author={Benjamin Carter},
  journal={History of the Human Sciences},
  pages={29 - 47}
  • Benjamin Carter
  • Published 2010
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • History of the Human Sciences
The English Neoplatonic philosopher Ralph Cudworth introduced the term ‘consciousness’ into the English philosophical lexicon. Cudworth uses the term to define the form and structure of cognitive acts, including acts of freewill. In this article I highlight the important role of theological disputes over the place and extent of human freewill within an overarching system of providence. Cudworth’s intellectual development can be understood in the main as an increasingly detailed and nuanced… Expand

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