Cavendish's Natural Law
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The paper discusses Margaret Cavendish's belief in materialism, her arguments against the theory of atomism, how she categorized knowledge by interior and exterior and her belief in the active vital power of matter. The paper shows how Thomas Hobbes was an influential figure in shaping her philosophical development. The paper contends that although her ideas may seem incomplete and flawed to us, her work remains a vital piece of Western philosophy.
From the Paper:"Margaret Cavendish lived a life of privilege and viewed the world from that perspective. Despite this, she concentrated most of her writing on the lack of educational and professional opportunities available to women and she railed against the unequal power of domestic relations. This point of view affected how she saw the natural world. She did embrace the idea of the "natural", but she defined it in terms of perception. Thus, for Cavendish, truth can be ascertained only through reason, even when it comes to the natural world. She felt that reason should guide the senses, not be led by them. Therefore, even with the development of telescopes and microscopes that was taking place in her time, she felt that these devices had the potential to lead us astray if we did not filter our observations with our reasoning."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Battigelli, A. (1998) Margaret Cavendish and the Exiles of the Mind. University of Kentucky Press.
- Michaelian, K. (2006) "Margaret Cavendish's Epistemology." University of Massachusetts. http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~khm/papers/michaelian_margaret_cavendishs_epistemology.pdf
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