$177,000 (CAD) Grant awarded from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) have awarded a three-year Insight Grant to Professor Torrance Kirby of McGill University (PI), with Professor Douglas Hedley, Cambridge Divinity Faculty and Director of the Centre for the Study of Platonism and Professor Garth Green, Director of the McGill School of Religious Studies (co-applicants) for research on ‘The Reception of German Mysticism in Early Modern England’. A key structural feature of this international Insight Research Grant is to build upon an already thriving collaboration between scholars in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University and the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University. Professor Kirby was a Visiting Research Fellow at CRASSH (2015) and Professor Hedley was Visiting Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at McGill (2019). The project consists in establishing the fundamental influence of German or Rhenish mysticism on English religious thought, chiefly in the 17th-century. The English reception of such German mystical authors as Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-1328), the anonymous author of Theologia Germanica, Johannes Tauler (c. 1300-1361), Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464), Sebastian Franck (c. 1499-1542), Hans Denck (1500-1527), Valentin Weigel (1533-1588), and Jakob Böhme (1575-1624), to mention just the most significant representatives of this tradition, has been hitherto little studied, or not studied at all. Continue reading “$177,000 (CAD) Grant awarded from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)”

Cambridge Platonists at AAR 2018

James Bryson, Cambridge University, “Platonic Love in Henry More’s Ethics”

While modern scholars familiar with their thought agree that the Cambridge Platonists represent a watershed moment in western moral philosophy, there is little in the way of consensus about how to categorize their ethical thought. Some categorize them as proto-Kantian rationalists, while others regard them as Lockean empiricists. This paper will focus on the moral philosophy of the Cambridge Platonist Henry More (1614-1687), and argue that his ethical philosophy must be understood within the context of Neoplatonic tradition that he inherits, a tradition that emphasizes reason as well what modern philosophers might call experience, but ultimately is best seen as a tradition which emphasizes love – eros, agape, amor – as the way into the good life. Central to More’s moral psychology is the Platonic concept of participation and deiformity.

The Resurrection Body in the Cambridge Platonists