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Masham, Damaris (1658–1708)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DA078-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Damaris Cudworth, who became Lady Masham on her marriage to Sir Francis Masham in 1685, was an English moral philosopher who published two short treatises on moral philosophy. These show that she became a disciple of John Locke, although her philosophical background was in Cambridge Platonism. She applied Lockean arguments to defend the education of women; her anti-idealism led her to oppose Malebranche and his English followers, John Norris and Mary Astell; and she also corresponded with Leibniz.

Citing this article:
Hutton, Sarah. Masham, Damaris (1658–1708), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DA078-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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