The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy
Anne Conway was an extraordinary figure in a remarkable age. Her "Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy" is one of the most interesting and original philosophical works written by a woman in the 17th century. Her radical and unorthodox ideas are important not only because they anticipated the more tolerant, ecumenical and optimistic philosophy of the Enlightenment, but also because of their influence on Gottfried Leibniz. This newly translated and fully annotated edition includes an introduction that places Conway in her historical and philosophical contexts, together with a chronology of her life and a bibliography.
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"This is a book of historical and philosophical importance. ... Coudert and Corse have presented Conway's treatise in a very readable translation. ... They make clear Conway's remarkable achievement in an age in which women were rarely found in the circles of philosophical debate."