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Paley, William 1743-1805

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Works: 768 works in 3,190 publications in 5 languages and 30,338 library holdings
Genres: History  Sermons  Commentaries  Biography  Textbooks  Bibliography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Portraits  Autographs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Printer, Other
Classifications: BL181, 210
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The principles of moral and political philosophy by William Paley( Book )

351 editions published between 1785 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,376 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, Evidences of the existence and attributes of the Deity, collected from the appearances of nature by William Paley( Book )

234 editions published between 1802 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"More than two hundred years ago, Dr. William Paley wrote a series of books that marshaled evidence for the Christian faith. His books were often required reading at major institutions of learning. Believers and unbelievers alike wrestled with Paley's arguments and his compelling presentation of them. Paley's Natural Theology was one of those books. In it, he showed from biology and human anatomy that the argument for design was a clear and self-evident inference from the facts, and from that point of departure proposed that only a designer God could adequately account for those facts. His famous analogy from an intricate watch to the required deduction that there exists a watchmaker persists to this day. When evolutionary theory rose to dominance, it was thought that Paley's views on 'intelligent design' had been fully put to rest. However, each new generation discovers anew that evolutionary theory requires them to accept as true what appears, on its face, to be patently absurd: that immense complexity, surpassing in its apparent genius what 1,000 human geniuses cannot create was nonetheless the product of unguided, intrinsically dumb, natural forces. Unsatisfied, they consider the alternatives. The argument is sure to rage for another two hundred years and Dr. Paley's Natural Theology will prove to be relevant then as it is relevant today, advances in our understanding of biology notwithstanding, and, actually, because of those very same advances. "I do not think I hardly ever admired a book more than Paley's Natural Theology: I could almost formerly have said it by heart." Charles Darwin, 1859." --from book description, Amazon.com
A view of the evidences of Christianity by William Paley( Book )

283 editions published between 1794 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,287 WorldCat member 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
Natural theology : or, evidence of the existence and attributes of the deity, collected from the appearances of nature by William Paley( Book )

116 editions published between 1802 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 710 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
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 )

68 editions published between 1780 and 1968 in 3 languages and held by 301 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 275 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

Paley's Natural theology by William Paley( Book )

7 editions published in 1836 in English and held by 193 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( Book )

22 editions published between 1792 and 1831 in English and held by 128 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 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 )

4 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

The works of William Paley : with illustrative notes and a life of the author by William Paley( Book )

1 edition published in 1842 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The works of William Paley, D.D. : with extracts from his correspondence : and a life of the author by William Paley( Book )

1 edition published in 1825 in Undetermined 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, 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 (1,351)

German (7)

Spanish (6)

Latin (3)

Telugu (1)

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Natural theology : or, Evidences of the existence and attributes of the Deity, collected from the appearances of natureA view of the evidences of ChristianityNatural theology : or, evidence of the existence and attributes of the deity, collected from the appearances of nature