Peter Sterry (d. 1672)
Peter Sterry was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His A Discourse of the Freedom of the Will
(1675) is the most visionary of all the writings of the Cambridge Platonists. But Sterry was more involved with events outside Cambridge than most of the others, on account of the fact that he was chaplain first to Lord Brooke and then to Oliver Cromwell. After the death of Cromwell he retired to a Christian community in East Sheen. In his Discourse Sterry argues that freedom consists in acting in accordance with ones nature, appropriately to one’s level of being, be it plant, animal or intellectual entity. Human liberty is grounded in the divine essence and entails liberty of the understanding and of the will.
From Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
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