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The Natural Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish: Reason and Fancy during the Scientific Revolution (The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science)

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ISBN-13: 978-0801894435
ISBN-10: 0801894433
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A useful addition to the canon of critical work on the scientific revolution.

(Choice)

The most thorough and convincing analysis of Cavendish’s natural philosophy to date.

(Hilda L. Smith, University of Cincinnati)

A welcome addition to early modern philosophy courses, in which women are often entirely absent or subordinated. Using Cavendish and Sarasohn's book will lead to very interesting discussions about the role of women in science and society in the early modern period.

(Benjamin Goldberg HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science)

This volume is essential for its sustained and sophisticated analysis of an important thinker's natural philosophy.

(Christopher D'Addario Huntington Library Quarterly)

Insightful analysis... With Sarasohn as our guide, we can begin to glimpse the rich rewards that will accrue to those readers who give Cavendish's fascinating oeuvre their close attention.

(Sara Mendelsohn Journal of British Studies)

This meticulous tracing of Cavendish's evolving philosophy allows the reader to gain greater insight into Cavendish as a person and a better understanding of the confusing, and often contradictory, elements of her philosophy... Sarasohn handles the great variety and complexity of Cavendish's works very well, and her expertise in the history of science and philosophy allows her to tackle difficult passages often avoided by scholars. This convincing analysis makes a strong argument for historians to read these works as serious philosophical treatises, and it will certainly provide the foundation for interdisciplinary analyses that draw more from the field of early modern women's writing.

(Michelle DiMeo British Society for Literature and Science)

Sarasohn provides by far the fullest and most detailed account of Margaret Cavendish's natural philosophy to date, making thsi book indispensable reading for all scholars not only of Cavendish, but of early modern scientific culture. The real strength of the book, however, comes from its blend of empirical research with literary methods... Sarasohn's own dry, witty writing style renders her arguments not only clear but also engaging.

(Rebecca Bullard Review of English Studies)

An important contribution to Cavendish scholarship; anyone with a serious interest in Cavendish will find it well worth reading.

(Deborah Boyle Isis)

About the Author

Lisa T. Sarasohn is a professor of history at Oregon State University, editor of The Scientific Revolution, and author of Gassendi’s Ethics: Freedom in a Mechanistic Universe.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science (Book 128)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801894433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801894435
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,098,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By cmp on July 18, 2015
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Well written and researched work on the philosophy of Margaret Cavendish.
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