The Palfrey Notebook: Records of Study in Seventeenth-Century Cambridge C.J. Cook

ISBN: 9781843836667

Published: December 15th 2011

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818 pages


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The Palfrey Notebook: Records of Study in Seventeenth-Century Cambridge  by  C.J. Cook

The Palfrey Notebook: Records of Study in Seventeenth-Century Cambridge by C.J. Cook
December 15th 2011 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 818 pages | ISBN: 9781843836667 | 3.75 Mb

The Palfrey Notebook is a unique survival from the early seventeenth century. Compiled in around 1623 by George Palfrey of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, probably as a record of his studies for his Masters degree, it covers many of theMoreThe Palfrey Notebook is a unique survival from the early seventeenth century. Compiled in around 1623 by George Palfrey of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, probably as a record of his studies for his Masters degree, it covers many of the widely-used texts of the period. Although primarily devoted to a detailed evaluation of Aristotelian natural philosophy, it includes an extended survey of the literature on Natural Magic, records of orations and disputations (including Palfreys own) delivered in college or at the Schools, notes on logic and ethics, personal notes, and anti-papal diatribe.

Since the Master of the college at the time was the renowned, moderate-Calvinist scholar Samuel Ward, Palfreys views, as reflected in the Notebook, can be taken to represent this aspect of Anglicanism, although most of the sources are Roman Catholic, specifically Jesuit texts. A full transcript of the Notebook is presented here, with detailed commentary and extensive notes which illuminate Palfreys material and explain its relationship to contemporary texts. A substantial introduction places the Notebook in its historical, educational and philosophical contexts, examines the apparent contradictions between Palfreys Aristotelianism and interest in magic, his Calvinism and use of Jesuit material, and suggests that the notebook represents a coherent response to the social and intellectual challenges of the times.

C. J. Cook holds a Doctorate in the History of Philosophy from Cambridge University.



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