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By David S. Sytsma

ISBN-10: 0190274875

ISBN-13: 9780190274870

Richard Baxter, the most recognized Puritans of the 17th century, is usually often called a author of sensible and devotional literature. yet he additionally excelled in wisdom of medieval and early smooth scholastic theology, and was once conversant with a large choice of seventeenth-century philosophies. Baxter was once one of the early English polemicists who wrote opposed to the mechanical philosophy of René Descartes and Pierre Gassendi within the years instantly following the institution of the Royal Society. even as, he used to be neighbors with Robert Boyle and Matthew Hale, corresponded with Joseph Glanvill, and engaged in philosophical controversy with Henry extra. during this e-book, David Sytsma provides a chronological and thematic account of Baxter's relation to the folks and ideas inquisitive about the increase of mechanical philosophy in late-seventeenth-century England.

Drawing on mostly unexamined works, together with Baxter's Methodus Theologiae Christianae (1681) and manuscript treatises and correspondence, Sytsma discusses Baxter's reaction to mechanical philosophers at the nature of substance, legislation of movement, the soul, and ethics. research of those subject matters is framed by means of a attention of the expansion of Christian Epicureanism in England, Baxter's total method of cause and philosophy, and his try and comprehend construction as an analogical mirrored image of God's energy, knowledge, and goodness, or vestigia Trinitatis. Baxter's perspectives on cause, analogical wisdom of God, and vestigia Trinitatis draw on medieval precedents and at once tell a mostly antagonistic, notwithstanding in part accommodating, reaction to mechanical philosophy.

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