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AuthorGrathoff, Richard H. author
TitleAnthony Collins The Man and His Works [electronic resource] / by James O'Higgins
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1970
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Descript XII, 267 p. online resource


This book is the study of a man who caught my interest both because of his own character and of the variety of his activities. It is an attempt to see him in his relationship, intellectual and literary, with the Europe of his day, to gauge his position in the development of Seventeenth and Eighteenth century thought, to examine the origins of his ideas and their effect and to place him in the social context of the England of the early Eighteenth century. The period in which he lived, coming at the beginning of the Enlightenment, was seminal for our own world and the man himself is of contemporary significance because of the similarity of his outlook, ifnot of his beliefs, to that of many today. He was at the centre of the major theological controversy of the Seventeenยญ twenties and was one of the most contentious figures of his time. I would like to acknowledge my obligation to the scholars and librarians who have assisted me in producing this work: to Dr. E. A. O. Whiteman of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and to Mrs. M. Kneale, late of the same College; to Bodley's librarian Dr. R. Shackleton; to Dr. D. Rogers, Mr. D. G. Neill and to the staff of the Bodleian, especially those who work in Duke Humphrey; to the librarians of Christ Church, All Souls, St. John's, Wadham, Exeter and Corpus Christi Colleges, Oxford; to Mr. F. G. Emmison, Miss H. E. T


I. Early Friends and Influences -- II. The Library at Great Baddow -- III. The Precursors of Collins -- IV. The Essay on the Use of Reason -- Appendix I. Collins'First Book -- Appendix II. English Deists In The Seventeenth Century -- Appendix III. Collins and Bayle -- V. The Question of Thinking Matter -- VI. The Discourse of Freethinking -- VII. The Philosophical Inquiry on Free-Will -- VIII. County Justice and Treasurer -- IX. The Twentieth Article -- Appendix. Lamb's Arguments on the Corpus Christi Manuscript of 1563 -- X. The Attack on the Prophecies -- Appendix. Jewish Polemical Works -- XI. The Reaction to Collins Abroad -- Appendix. โ{128}{156}Nouvelles Libertรฉs de Penserโ{128}{157} -- XII. Last Years -- Appendix. Desmaizeaux and Collins

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