Catharine Trotter Cockburn

Catharine Trotter Cockburn (16 August 1679 – 11 May 1749) was an English novelist, dramatist, and philosopher. She wrote on moral philosophy, theological tracts, and had a voluminous correspondence.

Trotter's work addresses a range of issues including necessity, the infinitude of space, and the substance, but she focuses on moral issues. She thought that moral principles are not innate, but discoverable by each individual through the use of the faculty of reason endowed by God. In 1702, she published her first major philosophical work, ''A Defence of Mr. Lock's [sic.] An Essay Concerning Human Understanding''. John Locke was so pleased with this defence that he made gifts of money and books to his young apologist acting through Elizabeth Burnet who had first made Locke aware of Trotter's "Defence".

Her work attracted the attention of William Warburton, who prefaced her last philosophical work. She also had a request from the biographer Thomas Birch to aid him in compiling a collection of her works. She agreed to the project but died before the work could be printed. Birch posthumously published a two-volume collection entitled ''The Works of Mrs. Catharine Cockburn, Theological, Moral, Dramatic, and Poetical'' in 1751. It is largely through this text that readers and history have come to know her. Provided by Wikipedia

by Trotter, Catharine
Published 1707
printed for A. and J. Churchill in Pater-Noster-Row

by Trotter, Catharine
Published 1706
Printed for James Knapton at the Crown in St. Paul's Church yard, and George Strahan at the Golden Ball against the Royal Exchange in Cornhill

by Trotter, Catharine
Published 1705
printed for B. Bragg, at the Blue Ball in Ave-Mary-Lane

by Trotter, Catharine
Published 1751
printed for J. and P. Knapton
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by Trotter, Catharine
Published 1701
Printed for William Turner, at the Angel at Lincolns-Inn Back-Gate, and John Nutt near Stationers-Hall

by Trotter, Catharine
Published 1701
Printed for William Turner at the Angel near Lincolns-Inn Back-Gate