Cambridge Platonists

The Cambridge Platonists were an influential group of philosophers centered on the University of Cambridge in the mid-17th century, founded by Benjamin Whichcote and including Henry More and Ralph Cudworth. Their philosophy was Platonist (see Platonism), their outlook was tolerant, and one of their chief aims was the reconciliation of faith with scientific knowledge and rational philosophy. Their influence long survived their eclipse, and largely inspired the religious and political toleration which was characteristic of Restoration England.