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Margaret Cavendish: A Grandmother for Twenty-First Century Philosophy of Science

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 April 2022

Lisa Walters
Affiliation:
University of Queensland
Brandie R. Siegfried
Affiliation:
Brigham Young University, Utah
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Never-resolved problems of seventeenth-century metaphysics – the mind/body divide, nature conceived as alive or as a great, dead machine, and attendant questions about life and agency – have returned to haunt contemporary science. Siri Hustvedt demonstrates the ways in which these persistent philosophical dilemmas connect Cavendish’s monist, dynamic, organicist philosophy to much later thought in phenomenology, contemporary critiques in the philosophy of biology, and to Whitehead’s radical process philosophy.

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Margaret Cavendish
An Interdisciplinary Perspective
, pp. 274 - 288
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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