(12 Oct 1614 - 1 Sep 1687)
English philosopher , who introduced Descartes through his writings, though he argued that all areas of natural philosophy required a “Spirit of Nature” be included in explanations of phenomena, since any purely mechanical description was too atheistic. Isaac Newton was influenced by More's philosophy.
Science Quotes by Henry More (1 quote)
Energie is the operation, efflux or activity of any being: as the light of the Sunne is the energie of the Sunne, and every phantasm of the soul is the energie of the soul.
[The first recorded definition of the term energy in English]
— Henry More
In Platonica: A Platonicall Song of the Soul (1642). In this book of poems, More uses the word energie many times, and in the opening section, 'To the Reader'. The definition quoted appears at the end of the book in 'The interpretation of the more unusual names or words that occurre in the foregoing Poems.'