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Paley, William 1743-1805

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Works: 769 works in 3,339 publications in 6 languages and 30,499 library holdings
Genres: History  Sermons  Commentaries  Biography  Textbooks  Bibliography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Autographs  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Editor, Printer, Other
Classifications: BL181, 210
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The principles of moral and political philosophy by William Paley( Book )

412 editions published between 1785 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,512 WorldCat member 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 )

349 editions published between 1802 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,192 WorldCat member 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 )

297 editions published between 1794 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This two-volume book by the philosopher and theologian William Paley, published in 1794, was considered so important that it was required reading for Cambridge students (including Charles Darwin) well into the nineteenth century. This classic work of apologetics is divided into three parts in which Paley discusses the historical evidence for Christianity and the miracles of Jesus Christ. He begins volume 1 with the proposition that the original witnesses to Christ's miracles should be believed, because they spent their entire lives in constant danger for what they witnessed. Paley takes on Hume's argument that no miracle can be proved regardless of the amount of evidence with the observation that if one believes in God, then miracles should be expected. Paley's intellectual defence of Christianity was one of the most popular of the day, and his work is considered a direct forerunner of the contemporary theory of intelligent design
Natural theology; selections by William Paley( Book )

6 editions published between 1825 and 1963 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member 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( Book )

69 editions published between 1780 and 1968 in 3 languages and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A treatise by the famous "design-argument-for-God" theorist to prove the authenticity of the Pauline texts
A view of the evidences of Christianity, in three parts by William Paley( Book )

73 editions published between 1794 and 1970 in 3 languages and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sermons on several subjects by William Paley( Book )

30 editions published between 1806 and 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reasons for contentment : addressed to the labouring part of the British public : together with The fable of the bee hive by William Paley( )

32 editions published between 1792 and 2005 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paley's Natural theology by William Paley( Book )

7 editions published in 1836 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reasons for contentment : addressed to the labouring part of the British public by William Paley( Book )

24 editions published between 1792 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A defence of the Considerations on the propriety of requiring a subscription to articles of faith : in reply to a late answer from the Clarendon Press by William Paley( Book )

10 editions published between 1774 and 2005 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A letter to William Paley, M.A., Archdeacon of Carlisle, in answer to his Reason [sic] for contentment, addressed to the labouring part of the British public by Poor labourer( Book )

5 editions published in 1793 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memoirs of William Paley, D.D. by George Wilson Meadley( Book )

2 editions published in 1809 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The works of William Paley : with additional sermons, and a corrected account of the life and writings of the author by William Paley( Book )

5 editions published between 1830 and 1998 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the life and writings of William Paley by Edmund Paley( Book )

3 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The works of William Paley with a life by William Paley( Book )

3 editions published between 1819 and 1821 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The principles of moral and political philosophy
Alternative Names
Paley, .. 1743-1805

Paley 1743-1805 (Archdeacon)

Paley, Guillermo

Paley, Guillermo 1743-1805

Paley, M. 1743-1805

Paley, Wilhelm 1743-1805

Paley, Will.

Paley (William), (Archdeacon), 1743-1805

Payley, M. 1743-1805

Payley, William 1743-1805

Peirei, Uiriamu

William Paley Brits filosoof

William Paley englischer Theologe und Philosoph

William Paley filosofo e teologo inglese

Вільям Пейлі

Пейли, Уильям

ויליאם פיילי

ويليام بيلي

ویلیام پیلی الهی‌دان و فیلسوف بریتانیایی

윌리엄 페일리

ペイレイ, ウイリアム

沛勒, 維廉

英國牧師威廉·佩利

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English (1,453)

Spanish (7)

German (4)

Latin (3)

Telugu (1)

French (1)

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Natural theology : or, evidence of the existence and attributes of the deity, collected from the appearances of natureA view of the evidences of Christianity