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Rational and Natural Theology in Anne Conway’s Principia




This paper gives an account of the religious epistemology and theological working methods used in Anne Conway’s Principia Philosophiae antiquissimae et recentissimae (1690). It is argued that the epistemic foundations of Conway’s philosophical theology are rooted in a personal revelation of the existence and nature of God, which forms a framework through which the natural world can be approached and studied as creation. In this way, we can clarify both the place of Conway’s work in the intellectual currents of the seventeenth century and various aspects of her metaphysical system, such as her account of creation.


Head. (2021). Rational and Natural Theology in Anne Conway’s Principia. Scottish Journal of Theology, 41-51.

Acceptance Date Aug 13, 2020
Publication Date Feb 1, 2021
Journal Scottish Journal of Theology
Print ISSN 0036-9306
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Pages 41-51
Keywords Anne Conway, religious epistemology, revelation, natural theology, rational theology, creation
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