Ralph Cudworth


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Ralph Cudworth (1617 – 26 June 1688) was an English philosopher, the leader of the Cambridge Platonists.

Somerset, he was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, gaining his MA and becoming a Fellow of Emmanuel in 1639. In 1645, he became master of Clare Hall and professor of Hebrew. In 1654, he transferred to Christ's College, Cambridge, and was master there until his death. His great... more »

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  • ''Knowledge is not a passion from without the mind, but an active exertion of the inward strength, vigour and power of the mind, displaying itself from within.''
    Ralph J. Cudworth (1617-1688), British theologian, philosopher. Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality, bk. 4, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1731).
  • ''The true knowledge or science which exists nowhere but in the mind itself, has no other entity at all besides intelligibility; and therefore whatsoever is clearly intelligible, is absolutely true.''
    Ralph J. Cudworth (1617-1688), British theologian, philosopher. Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality, bk. 4, ch. 5, sct. 7 (1731).
  • ''Truth is the most unbending and uncompliable, the most necessary, firm, immutable, and adamantine thing in the world.''
    Ralph J. Cudworth (1617-1688), British theologian, philosopher. Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality, bk. 4, ch. 5, sct. 3 (1731).
  • ''Sense is a line, the mind is a circle. Sense is like a line which is the flux of a point running out from itself, but intellect like a circle that keeps within itself.''
    Ralph J. Cudworth (1617-1688), British theologian, philosopher. Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality, bk. 3, ch. 3, sct. 4 (1731).
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