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Ralph Cudworth: Bibliography

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 Printed Works:

A Discourse concerning the True Notion of the Lords Supper. London: 1642.

The Union of Christ and the Church in a Shadow. London: 1642.

A Sermon Preached before the Honourable House of Commons, at Westminster, March 31. 1647. Cambridge: 1647.

A Sermon Preached to the Honourable Society of Lincolnes-Inne. London: 1664.

The True Intellectual System of the Universe: The First Part; Wherein, All the Reason and Philosophy of Atheism is Confuted; and Its Impossibility Demonstrated, London: 1678.

 

Posthumously Published:

A Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Reality, edited by Edward Chandler. London: 1731.

An Abridgment of Dr. Cudworth’s True Intellectual Systerm of the Universe, 2 vols. London: 1732.

Systema intellectuale huius universi, translated by Johann Lorenz Mosheim. Jena: 1733.

The True Intellectual System of the Universe: The First Part, 2 vols, 2nd edition, edited by Thomas Birch. London: 1743.

A Treatise of Freewill, edited by John Allen. London: 1838.

The True Intellectual System of the Universe, 3 vols, edited by John Harrison. London: Thomas Tegg, 1845.

‘Two undated letters to John Stoughton’ in Thomas Solly, The Will Human and Divine. London: 1856.

‘A Sermon Preached before the House of Commons. March 31st 1647’ in The Cambridge Platonists, edited by C.A. Patrides. London: Edward Arnold, 1969.

A Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Reality, edited by Sarah Hutton. Cambridge: CUP, 1996.

‘A Treatise on Freewill’ in A Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Reality, edited by Sarah Hutton. Cambridge: CUP, 1996.

‘Additional Manuscript no. 4981’ (On the Nature of Liberum Arbitrium) introduced by J.L. Breteau, in The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context, edited by G.A.J. Rogers et al. Dordrect: Kluwer, 1997.

‘Preface’ to ‘A Sermon Preached before the Honourable The House of Commons, On March 31st, 1647,’ in Charles Taliferro and Alison J. Teply eds, Cambridge Platonists Spirituality. MahwahNJ: Paulist Press, 2004.

See also: Thomas Wise, A Confutation of the Reason and Philosophy of Atheism: Being in a Great Measure either an Abridgment or an Improvement of what Dr Cudworth offer’d to that Purpose in his True Intellectual System of the Universe, 2 vols. London: 1706.

 

Manuscripts:

London:

British Library Additional MS 4978: Manuscript treatise, untitled, printed in 1838 (ed. Allen) and 1996 (ed. Hutton) with the editorial title ‘A Treatise of Freewill’

British Library Additional MS 4979: Part of a work titled ‘De libero arbitrio’: contains 4 chapters

British Library Additional MS 4980: Part of a work titled ‘De libero arbitrio’: contains 11 chapters

British Library Additional MS 4981: Writings on freewill: contains 3 chapters; followed by a summary, printed in 1997 (ed. Breteau) in The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context, ed. Rogers et al.

British Library Additional MS 4982: Portions of 3 separate works; the first two portions are titled ‘Of Liberum Arbitrium or Freewill’ and ‘[The True Intellectual System] Book II.’; the third section, untitled, is also on the subject of freewill

British Library Additional MSS 4983-5: Works formerly attributed to Cudworth, including notes on the idea of eternal torments, and extracts from various authors

British Library Additional MSS 4986-7: Notes and draft treatises on the Book of Daniel, probably composed and copied by Cudworth and his circle

 

Oxford:

Bodleian Library, D’Orville MS 471, pp. 1-2: Copy letter to Isaac Vossius (1681): location of original unknown

Bodleian Library, Rawlinson MS A.28, pp. 116-17: Letter to John Thurloe (1655)

Bodleian Library, Rawlinson MS A.38, pp. 259-61, 305-8: Two letters to John Thurloe (1656)

Bodleian Library, Rawlinson MS A.58, pp. 196-9: Letter to John Thurloe (undated)

Bodleian Library, Rawlinson MS A.63, fos. 10-11: Letter to John Thurloe (1659)

Bodleian Library, MS Selden Supra 108, fos. 1-2: Letter to John Selden (1647)

Bodleian Library, MS Selden Supra 109, fos. 258-73: 8 letters to John Selden (1642-7 and others undated)

Bodleian Library, Tanner MS 39, fo. 115: Letter to William Sancroft (1678)

Bodleian Library, Tanner MS 44, fo. 191: Letter to Benjamin Laney (1670)

Bodleian Library, Tanner MS 92, fo. 105: Letter to unnamed recipient, for the attention of William Sancroft (1682)

Bodleian Library, Tanner MS 290, fo. 154: Letter to William Sancroft (1678)

 

Secondary Sources

 

Anon., ‘Memoirs of Ralph Cudworth D.D.,’ Author of The Intellectual System,’ The Present state of the Republic of Letters, XVII, January (1736): 24-38.

Armour, Leslie, ‘Trinity, Community, and Love’ in Platonism and the Origins of Modernity, edited by Sarah Hutton and Douglas Hedley. Dordrecht: Springer, 2008.

Armstrong, Robert L., ‘The Cambridge Platonists and Locke on Innate Ideas,’ in Journal of the History of Ideas, 30 (1969): 187-202.

Baldi, M, ‘Cudworth versus Descartes: Platonism et sens commun dans la critique de Meditations,’ in The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context edited by G.A.J. Rogers et al. Dordrecht: Kluwer 1997.

Birch, Thomas, ‘An Account of the Life and Writings of R. Cudworth D.D.,’ in Ralph Cudworth, The True Intellectual System of the Universe. London: Richard Priestly, 1820.

Breteau, J-L, ‘Chaos and Order in Cudworth’s Thought’ in Platonism and the Origins of Modernity, edited by Sarah Hutton and Douglas Hedley. Dordrecht: Springer. 2007.

Broad, Jacqueline, ‘A Woman’s Influence? John Locke and Damaris Masham on Moral Accountability,’ in The Journal of the History of Ideas 67 (2006): 489-510.

———. Women Philosophers in the Seventeenth Century. Cambridge: CUP, 2002.

Carter, Benjamin, ‘Ralph Cudworth and the theological origins of Consciousness’ in The History of the Human Sciences, 23 (2010): 29-47

———. ‘Ralph Cudworth’ in The History of Western Philosophy of Religion: Volume 3 – Early Modern Philosophy of Religion, edited by Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis (Durham: Acumen, 2009)

———. ‘The Little Commonwealth of Man’: The Trinitarian Origins of the Ethical and Political Philosophy of Ralph Cudworth (Leuven: Peeters, 2011)

———. ‘The Standing of Ralph Cudworth As a Philosopher’ in Insiders and Outsiders in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, edited by G.A.J. Rogers, Tom Sorell, and Jill Kraye (London: Routledge, 2010)

Colie, Rosalie L., Light and Enlightenment : A Study of the Cambridge Platonists and the Dutch Arminians. Cambridge: CUP, 1957.

Darwall, Stephen, The British Moralists and the Internal ‘Ought’: 1640-1740, Cambridge: CUP, 1995: See: Chapter 5, ‘Cudworth: obligation and self-determining moral agency.

Dockrill, D.W., ‘The Fathers and the Theology of the Cambridge Platonists,’ in Studia Patristica, 17 (1982): 427-39.

———. ‘The Heritage of Patristic Platonism in Seventeenth-Century English Philosophical Theology,’ in The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context, edited by G.A.J. Rogers et al. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1997.

Gill, Michael B., ‘Rationalism, sentimentalism, and Ralph Cudworth,’ in Hume Studies 30 (2004): 149-182.

Gysi, Lydia, Platonism and Cartesianism in the Philosophy of Ralph Cudworth. Bern: Herbert Lang, 1962.

Hall, Roland, ‘New Words and Antedatings from Cudworth’s “Treatise on Freewill,”’ in Notes and Queries, 205, (1960): 427-32.

———. ‘Cudworth: More New Words,’ in Notes and Queries, 208, (1963): 313-14.

———. ‘Cudworth and his Contemporaries: New words and antedatings,’ in Notes and Queries, 220, (1975): 313-14.

Hedley, Douglas, ‘The Platonick Trinity: Philology and Divinity in Cudworth’s Philosophy of Religion,’ in Philogie und Erkenntis, Beitrage zu Begriff und Problem frühneauzeitlicher ‘Philologie, edited by Ralph Häfner. Tübingen: Max Neimeyer Veralg, 2001.

Hutton, Sarah, ‘Classicism and Baroque: A Note on Mosheim’s footnotes to Cudworth’s The True Intellectual System of the Universe,’ in Johann Lorenz Mosheim: Theologie in sannhugsfeld von Philosophie, Philologie und Geschicte, 1693-1755, edited by Martin Mulsow. Weisbaden: Harrasovitz, 1997.

———. ‘Cudworth, Boethius and the Scale of Nature,’ in The Cambridge Platonists in Philosophical Context: Politics, Metaphysics & Religion, ed. G.A.J. Rogers, et al. Dordrecht: Kluwer: 1997.

———. ‘Damaris Cudworth, Lady Masham: Between Platonism and Enlightenment’ in The British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 1 (1993): 29-54.

———. ‘Liberty and Self-determination: Ethics Power and Action in Ralph Cudworth,’ in Del necessario al possible. Determinismo e Liberta nel penserio Anglo-Olandese de XVII seculo, edited by L.Simonutti. Angeli: 2001.

———. ‘Ralph Cudworth: God, Mind, and Nature,’ in Religion, Reason and Nature in Early Modern Europe, edited by Robert Crocker. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2001.

———. ‘The Neoplatonic Roots of Arianism: Ralph Cudworth and Theophilus Gale,’ in Socinianism and its Role in the Culture of XVI-th to XVIII-th Centuries edited by L. Szczucki and Z. Ogonowski. Warsaw: PWN – Polish Scientific Publisher, 1983.

Kenny, Courtney, ‘Cudworth’s Manuscripts on Future Punishment,’ in The Theological Review, 61 (1878): 267-280

Lacugna, Catherine Mowry, God for Us: The Trinity and the Christian Life. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1993.

Lovejoy, Arthur O., ‘Kant and the English Platonists,’ in Essays Philosophical and Psychological: In honor of William James by his colleagues at Columbia University. New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1908.

Passmore, John, Ralph Cudworth: An Interpretation. Cambridge. CUP, 1951.

Patrides, C.A. ed., The Cambridge Platonists. London: Edward Arnold, 1967.

Sailor, Danton B., ‘Cudworth and Descartes,’ in The Journal of the History of Ideas, 23 (1962): 133-140.

Saveson, J.E., ‘Differing Reactions to Descartes among the Cambridge Platonists,’ in The Journal of the History of Ideas, 21 (1960): 560-567.

Scott, Dominic, ‘Reason, Recollection and the Cambridge Platonists,’ in Platonism and the English Imagination, edited by Anna Baldwin and Sarah Hutton. Cambridge: CUP, 1994.

Scott, Dominic, Recollection and Experience: Plato’s Theory of Learning and its Successors. Cambridge: CUP, 1995. See Chapter 9: ‘The inner core and mortar of our thoughts.’

Simmonutti, Luisa ‘Bayle and Le Clerc as readers of Cudworth: aspects of the debate on Plastic Nature in the Dutch learned journals’ in Geschiedenis van de Wijsbegeerte in Nederland, 4 (1993): 147-165.

Taliaferro, Charles, Evidence and Faith: Philosophy and Religion since the Seventeenth-Century. Cambridge: CUP, 2005. See: Chapter 1, ‘The Sovereignty of the Good in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy of Religion.’

———. ‘The Trinity and Natural Reason: Lessons from Cambridge Platonism,’ in The Holy Trinity, edited by Melville Y. Stewart. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2003.

Thiel, Udo, ‘Cudworth and Seventeenth-Century Theories of Consciousness’ in The Uses of Antiquity: The Scientific Revolution and the Classical Tradition, edited by Stephen Gaukroger. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1991.

———. ‘Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity’ in The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy, edited by Knud Haakonssen. Cambridge: CUP, 2007.

———. ‘The Trinity and Human Personal Identity’ in English Philosophy in the Age of Locke, edited by M.A. Stewart. Oxford: OUP, 2000.


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