Samuel Hartlib on the death of Descartes: a rediscovered letter to Henry More

Penman, Leigh T. I. (2015) Samuel Hartlib on the death of Descartes: a rediscovered letter to Henry More. Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science, 69 4: 1-12. doi:10.1098/rsnr.2014.0055


Author Penman, Leigh T. I.
Title Samuel Hartlib on the death of Descartes: a rediscovered letter to Henry More
Journal name Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0035-9149
1743-0178
Publication date 2015-05-13
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1098/rsnr.2014.0055
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 69
Issue 4
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher The Royal Society Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1207 History and Philosophy of Science
Abstract This paper discloses the content of a previously overlooked epistle by the Anglo-Prussian intelligencer Samuel Hartlib to Henry More concerning the death of René Descartes. After a discussion situating the letter within the sequence of the More–Hartlib correspondence, an analysis of the rhetorical structure of the epistle is offered, followed by a brief assessment of Hartlib's attitude towards Descartes, and the identification of his source concerning the news of the philosopher's death. An account of the transmission of the letter via a nineteenth-century periodical is also provided. The text of Hartlib's letter and an overlooked passage of Hartlib's diary concerning Descartes's death, which draws on the content of the More letter, are presented as appendixes.
Keyword Rene Descartes
Henry More
Samuel Hartlib
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Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Early view of article. Published online 13 May 2015.

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Created: Thu, 14 May 2015, 07:04:13 EST by Leigh Penman on behalf of Centre for History of European Discourses