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Cover of The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy co-edited by Taylor Corse
Published: 
April 1996
Publisher: 
Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 
978-0521479042

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The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy

Author: 
Anne Conway
Edited by: 
Allison P. Coudert
Taylor Corse

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.

Bio

Taylor Corse is a professor emeritus in the Department of English at Arizona State University.

Praise for this book

"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."

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