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date: 18 October 2019

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This article discusses how natural philosophy helped Margaret Lucas Cavendish come to terms with the terrible losses she suffered during the English Revolution as well as the disappointments she experienced after the Restoration. Science, for the Duchess, was preferable to religion as a source of consolation. The article offers a speculative, symptomatic explanation for the Duchess's enduring horror vacui and for her plenist view of nature's eternal process of renewal, including the bold challenge it presents to the consolatory, orthodox doctrine of the immortality of the soul.

Keywords: Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, English Revolution, Restoration, soul, natural philosophy renewal

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