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'Be candid where we can' : the rational dissent of Joseph Priestley

Saunders, Alan John


This essay locates the origins of the religious and political radicalism of Joseph Priestley in his early abandonment of Calvinism: having deprived himself of a powerful, subjective system of explanation, he sought a view of the world that could be justified by entirely objective criteria. He was assisted in this project by the psychological theory of associationism - which purports to provide an empirical explanation of mental activity - and by the concept of candour: which in the eighteenth...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014-01-23
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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