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Henry More

(1614—1687) philosopher, poet, and theologian

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English philosopher and theologian, and leading member of the Cambridge Platonists. More was educated at Christ's College, and remained there after his Fellowship was conferred in 1639. He breathed a spirit of Renaissance Christian Platonism, in which there exists a way of relating the individual to God through moral and mystical ascent. He conceived it his principal aim to combat the rising scientific world view; although initially receptive to the philosophy of Descartes he eventually opposed it vehemently. He was a major influence on the theological elements in the thought of Newton.

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