On Language, Theology, and Utopia: Edited with an Introduction and Commentary by Felicity Henderson…

Hardcover | March 24, 2011

byFrancis LodwickEditorFelicity Henderson, William Poole

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Francis Lodwick FRS (1619-94) was a prosperous merchant, bibliophile, writer, thinker, and member of the Royal Society. He wrote extensively on language, religion, and experimental philosophy, most of it too controversial to be safely published during his lifetime. This edition includes thefirst publication of his unorthodox religious works alongside groundbreaking writings on language. Following an extensive introduction by the editors the book is divided into three parts. Part One includes A Common Writing (1647), the first English attempt at an artificial language, and the equally pioneering phonetic alphabet set out in An Essay Towards an Universal Alphabet (1686). Part Twocontains a series of linked short treatises on the nature of religion and divine revelation, including 'Of the Word of God' and 'Of the Use of Reason in Religion', in which Lodwick argues for a new understanding of the Bible, advocates a rational approach to divine worship, and seeks to reinterpretreceived religion for an age of reason. The final part of the book contains his unpublished utopian fiction, A Country Not Named: here he creates a world to express his most firmly-held opinions on language and religion, and in which his utopians found a church that bans the Bible. The book givesnew insights into the religious aspects of the scientific revolution and throws fresh light on the early modern frame of mind. It is aimed at intellectual and cultural historians, historians of science and linguistics, and literary scholars - indeed, at all those interested in the interplay ofideas, language, and religion in seventeenth-century England

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Francis Lodwick FRS (1619-94) was a prosperous merchant, bibliophile, writer, thinker, and member of the Royal Society. He wrote extensively on language, religion, and experimental philosophy, most of it too controversial to be safely published during his lifetime. This edition includes thefirst publication of his unorthodox religious ...

Felicity Henderson manages history of science events and exhibitions at the Royal Society. Previously she was based at King's College London, Cambridge University, where she was Munby Fellow in Bibliography, and Monash University, Melbourne. She works on seventeenth century intellectual history and manuscript culture. William Poole...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:March 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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General IntroductionTextual IntroductionPart I: Language-PlanningA Common WritingThe Ground-WorkAn Essay Towards an Universal AlphabetConcerning a Perfect, Universall AlfabethOf The Universall LanguageA Designe Towards an Universall AlfabetThat the Alfabet and orthografy of the English Tongue is DefectivePart II: TheologyCertain ObservationsMiscellany Discourses'Of the Universe' and Other EssaysPart III: A Country Not NamesPart IV: Miscellaneous Texts and CorrespondenceEssay on Maintaining an Army in Peace-TimeEssay on TradeProposals for Rebuilding LondonAphorismsForm of PrayerLodwick's CorrespondenceCommentaries, Textual apparatus and BibliographiesIndex