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Cavendish, Margaret Lucas (1623–73)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DA076-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

The only seventeenth-century woman to publish numerous books on natural philosophy, Cavendish presented her materialism in a wide range of literary forms. She abandoned her early commitment to Epicurean atomism and, rejecting the mechanical model of natural change, embraced an organicist materialism. She also addressed the relations that hold among philosophy, gender and literary genre.

Citing this article:
O'Neill, Eileen. Cavendish, Margaret Lucas (1623–73), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DA076-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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