In conjunction with the preparation for the International Swedenborg Publishers' Conference in Manchester, April 15-18, 1991, Mr. Leon S. Rhodes of Bryn Athyn, is editing the Newsletter, The second issue will soon go to press. Mr. Rhodes' hope and expectation is that this newsletter will appear quarterly, beyond the April conference, serving the worldwide Swedenborg publishing community in many ways. Readers who are interested in being put on the mailing list should write to Mr. Leon S. Rhodes, Box 23, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009, U.S.A.
by William Ross Woofenden
It was noted earlier that with the publication of his Principia (1734), Swedenborg's reputation as a scientist and natural philosopher was established in Europe. The work is a lengthy one, and the writing style leans toward the ornate. The first chapter, which runs to some fifty pages in English translation, is titled, perhaps a bit pompously, "The Means Leading to True Philosophy, and the True Philosopher." As might be expected, however, the chapter does state in full detail the presuppositions concerning causality held by the author at this time.