Henry More, Anne Conway and the Kabbalah: A Cure for the Kabbalist Nightmare?

  • Sarah Hutton
Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire des Idées / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 163)


In this paper I argue that Anne Conway’s Principia philosophiae meets the objections that Henry More levelled against the kabbalah which he set out in his Fundamenta philosophiae printed in the second part of the first volume of the Kabbala denudata. Her treatise may therefore be read as an answer to More’s objections, or at least as a demonstration that kabbalist-inspired metaphysics need not be incompatible with Christian philosophy. But in so doing, I want to emphasise that Anne Conway’s kabbalism does not in itself constitute a break with Henry More. Although her position is vey different from his, they were both working within the same Christian-Platonist interpretation of kabbalah.


Modern Philosophy Philosophical Writing Vivid Dream Mature Philosophy Christian Philosophy 
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