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Paley, William 1743-1805

Works: 523 works in 2,841 publications in 6 languages and 24,807 library holdings
Genres: Sermons  History  Pastoral letters and charges  Commentaries  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Introductions  Portraits  Textbooks  Bibliography 
Roles: Printer, Editor
Classifications: AC4, 210
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The principles of moral and political philosophy by William Paley( file )
417 editions published between 1785 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 5,641 libraries worldwide
This classic work by William Paley was one of the most popular books in England and America in the early nineteenth century. Its significance lies in the fact that it marks an important point at which eighteenth century "whiggism" began to be transformed into nineteenth century "liberalism." First published in 1785, Paley's Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy was originally based on his Cambridge lectures of 1766-1776. It was designed for instructional purposes and was almost immediately adopted as a required text for all undergraduates at Cambridge. The great popularity of Paley's Principles is perhaps due in part to the author's remarkable gift for clear exposition. Even today, this work is very readable and easily comprehended. But the popularity of the book also reflected the fact that Paley expressed some of the leading scientific, theological, and ethical ideas of his time and place. In this respect, Paley's great classic provides valuable insight into the Anglo-American mind of the early nineteenth century and helps us better understand the thinking processes and evolving concepts of liberty and virtue that were displacing the old "whiggism" of the preceding century. - Publisher
Natural theology or, evidence of the existence and attributes of the deity, collected from the appearances of nature by William Paley( Book )
354 editions published between 1802 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 3,673 libraries worldwide
William Paley set out to prove the existence of God from the evidence of the beauty and order of the natural world. Famously beginning by comparing the world to a watch, whose design is self-evident, he goes on to provide examples from biology, anatomy, and astronomy in order to demonstrate the intricacy and ingenuity of design that could only come from a wise and benevolent deity. Paley's legalistic approach and skilful use of metaphor and analogy were hugely successful and equally controversial. Charles Darwin, whose investigations led to very different conclusions in The Origin of Species, was greatly influenced by the book's cumulative structure and accessible style
A view of the evidences of Christianity by William Paley( Book )
251 editions published between 1794 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,536 libraries worldwide
Horæ Paulinæ, or The truth of the scripture history of St. Paul evinced By a comparison of the epistles which bear his name, with the acts of the apostles, and with one another. By William Paley, M.A. Archdeacon of Carlisle by William Paley( Book )
164 editions published between 1780 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 955 libraries worldwide
A treatise by the famous "design-argument-for-God" theorist to prove the authenticity of the Pauline texts
Reasons for contentment; addressed to the labouring part of the British Public. By William Paley, M.A. archdeacon of Carlisle by William Paley( file )
37 editions published between 1792 and 2005 in English and held by 895 libraries worldwide
A view of the evidences of Christianity, in three parts by William Paley( Computer File )
60 editions published between 1794 and 2005 in English and German and held by 506 libraries worldwide
Paley's Natural theology by William Paley( Book )
57 editions published between 1825 and 1902 in English and Undetermined and held by 440 libraries worldwide
Reasons for contentment addressed to the labouring part of the British public by William Paley( file )
24 editions published between 1792 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 382 libraries worldwide
Sermons on several subjects by William Paley( Book )
31 editions published between 1806 and 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 289 libraries worldwide
The works of William Paley, D.D. : In five volumes by William Paley( Book )
91 editions published between 1809 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 283 libraries worldwide
"Among the many extraordinary men, who distinguished themselves in the early years of the present century, was William Paley, the subject of the following memoir--a man, whose fame no eulogium can increase, and whose talents no laboured notes need illustrate. He could not be an ordinary man whom contending factions united in honouring, whom high Tory bishops exalted when living, and whose works, when dead, a Whig ex-chancellor has endeavoured to illustrate with equal industry and talent. Paley's is one of those many great names of England's history, whose memory will remain as long as her language endures; for we shall find in proceeding through his works, that this great man laboured through life, with an industry which never tired, and a zeal never exhausted, in the best and holiest of causes; despising, by any compromise of principle, to catch an ephemeral notoriety, in which meaner souls would have gloried. He wrote thus eloquently, not for the thoughtless and the superficial, but for the ardent, the anxious searcher after truth: he was rewarded even in his lifetime by the approbation of his countrymen; and he has well secured for himself the plaudits of the great, and the good of all nations and after-ages. His life, to the talented yet obscure, is full of materials for abundant consolation and hope; for Paley owed all his fame, all his patrons, all his promotions, to his own unaided exertions. He had no powerful connections to push him forward--Practised no mean arts--did not excel in public speaking--had no strictly personal attractions --did not even write political papers. Neither did the opulence of his parents compensate for the obscurity of his other relations, since he was the only son of a country schoolmaster, whose living produced him at most thirty-five pounds a year. This book contains the works of Paley, which focus on theology and Christianity"--Chapter. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
The use and propriety of local and occasional preaching a charge, delivered to the clergy of the diocese of Carlisle, in the year 1790, by William Paley by William Paley( file )
11 editions published between 1790 and 2005 in English and held by 237 libraries worldwide
Recollections of a speech, upon the slave trade; delivered in Carlisle, on Thursday the 9th of February, 1792 by William Paley( file )
2 editions published in 1792 in English and held by 159 libraries worldwide
The evidences of Christianity by William Paley( Book )
33 editions published between 1821 and 2012 in English and held by 152 libraries worldwide
One of the most famous works of 18th century British Christian apologist, philosopher, and utilitarian William Paley. 'Evidences' was for many decades part of the Cambridge examination syllabus. Charles Darwin famously studied the book, and was delighted by Paley's language and logic
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Alternative Names
Paley, .. 1743-1805
Paley, Guillermo
Paley, Guillermo 1743-1805
Paley, Wilhelm 1743-1805
Payley, William 1743-1805
Peirei, Uiriamu
ペイレイ, ウイリアム
沛勒, 維廉
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Latin (9)
German (4)
Spanish (2)
French (1)
Irish (1)
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