The Well-Ordered Universe: The Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish by Deborah A. Boyle [Book Review]

Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (2):349-350 (2019)

Stewart Duncan
University of Florida
Deborah Boyle's book is a splendid addition to the literature on the philosophy of Margaret Cavendish. It provides an overview of Cavendish's philosophical work, from her panpsychist materialism, through her views about human motivation and general political philosophy, to views about gender, health, and humans' relation to the rest of the natural world. Boyle emphasizes themes of order and regularity, but does not argue that there is a strong systematic connection between Cavendish's views. Indeed, she makes a point of noting the different ways in which the themes of order and regularity work in different areas of Cavendish's philosophy.The early chapters consider Cavendish's natural philosophy....
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DOI 10.1353/hph.2019.0036
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