Cambridge Platonism at Origen and the Origenian Tradition on Progress International Conference Rome, 14-16 May 2018

Conference paper: Douglas Hedley – Clare College Cambridge, “Re-Thinking Origen in the 17th-century West: Anne Conway and the Cambridge Platonists”

Professor Hedley’s Inaugural Lecture: 7th May 2018

Professor Hedley’s inaugural lecture will be titled ‘Devout Contemplation and Sublime Fancy’ : The Cambridge Platonists and their Legacy for the Philosophy of Religion.
Professor Hedley's Inaugural Lecture: 7th May 2018

This lecture will take place at 5pm on 7th May 2018 in the Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University.

All are welcome. 

John Russell Roberts on Berkeley and Cambridge Platonism

John Russell Roberts, “A Puzzle in the Three Dialogues and Its Platonic Resolution,” in Stefan Storrie, ed., Berkeley’s Three Dialogues: New Essays (Oxford, 2018). DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198755685.003.0010

This essay suggests that Berkeley’s Neoplatonism may be profitably viewed as developed under the influence of Cambridge Platonism. A brief account of some key aspects of Cambridge Platonism are reviewed, specifically the central idea of the Image of God Doctrine (IGD) and Cudworth’s Axiarchism. Then possible points of influence of these aspects on Berkeley’s views are explored. In support of its possible usefulness, this approach to Berkeley’s Neoplatonism is used to shed light on his otherwise puzzling embrace of the pure intellect and abstract ideas. If Berkeley is drawing on the Cambridge Platonism tradition in the way suggested, he can have his pure intellect and its innate ideas without dragging along a commitment to a faculty of abstraction and its abstract ideas. Instead, the pure intellect is seen as a reflective faculty directed to the perfectly particular, concrete self.