The Vitalism of Anne Conway: Its Impact on Leibniz's Concept of the Monad

  title={The Vitalism of Anne Conway: Its Impact on Leibniz's Concept of the Monad},
  author={Carolyn Merchant},
  journal={Journal of the History of Philosophy},
  pages={255 - 269}
  • C. Merchant
  • Published 1979
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the History of Philosophy
Introduction By the late seventeenth cen tury , several reac t ions to the mechanica l ph i losophies of Descar tes , Gassend i , Hobbe s , and Boyle had a p p e a r e d in Wes te rn Eu rope . A m o n g these were ph i losoph ies tha t reasser ted the fundamen ta l o rgan ic uni ty o f na ture , such as C a m b r i d g e P l a ton i sm and vi ta l ism. The C a m b r i d g e P l a ton ists Henry More and Ralph C u d w o r t h re ta ined the dual is t ic s t ruc ture of mind and ma t t e r… Expand
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