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date: 19 November 2019

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This chapter, which examines what it meant to become a philosopher and work in the field of philosophy in Great Britain during the seventeenth century, analyzes the factors that influenced people to become philosophers and describes the circumstances in which they studied philosophy. It identifies a pattern by which the schools provided a preliminary framework for becoming a philosopher that later served as a creative foil for the pursuit of a philosophical career beyond the schools. The chapter also highlights the key developments during this period, which include the increasing prominence of (mono)theistic philosophical apologetics and the emergence of experimental natural philosophy.

Keywords: philosopher, philosophy, Great Britain, seventeenth century, schools, philosophical career, philosophical apologetics, natural philosophy

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