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The enlightenment of Joseph Priestley : a study of his life and work from 1733 to 1773

Author: Robert E Schofield
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Joseph Priestley (1733 - 1804), a contemporary and friend of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, exceeded even these polymaths in the breadth of his curiosity and learning. Yet Priestley is often portrayed in negative terms, as a restless intellect, incapable of confining himself to any single task, without force or originality, and marked by hasty and superficial thought. In The Enlightened Joseph Priestley, he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Joseph Priestley; Joseph Priestley; Joseph Priestley
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert E Schofield
ISBN: 0271016620 9780271016627 0271025107 9780271025100
OCLC Number: 36170553
Description: xii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Joseph Priestley
Responsibility: Robert E. Schofield.

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Joseph Priestley (1733 - 1804), a contemporary and friend of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, exceeded even these polymaths in the breadth of his curiosity and learning. Yet Priestley is often portrayed in negative terms, as a restless intellect, incapable of confining himself to any single task, without force or originality, and marked by hasty and superficial thought. In The Enlightened Joseph Priestley, he emerges as a man who was more than a lucky empiricist in science, more than a naive political liberal, more than an exhaustive compiler of superficial evidence in militant support of Unitarianism. In fact, he was learned in an extraordinary variety of subjects, from grammar, education, aesthetics, metaphysics, politics, and theology to natural philosophy. Priestley was, in fact, a man of the Enlightenment.

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