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Paley, William 1743-1805

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Works: 1,023 works in 4,276 publications in 7 languages and 34,861 library holdings
Genres: History  Sermons  Commentaries  Biographies  Bibliographies  Textbooks  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Autographs  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Printer, Editor, Creator, Other
Classifications: BL181, 210
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The principles of moral and political philosophy by William Paley( )

405 editions published between 1746 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 6,497 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 )

386 editions published between 1800 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book the theologian William Paley postulates that God's existence can be divined from the complexity and beauty of the design of the universe, a discipline called "natural theology." Natural theology is a branch of theology that emerged in the late eighteenth century and is based on reason and ordinary experience, explaining God rationally, as part of the physical world." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)
A view of the evidences of Christianity ... by William Paley( Book )

226 editions published between 1794 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,632 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. In the second volume, Paley addresses popular objections to the truth of Christianity, the character of Jesus Christ, the candour of the New Testament writers, the differences between Islam and Christianity, the Jewish rejection of Christ, and how the faith spread throughout the world. Paley's intellectual defence of Christianity was one of the most popular of the day, and his work is considered a direct forerunner to the contemporary theory of intelligent design
Natural theology : or, evidence of the existence and attributes of the deity, collected from the appearances of nature by William Paley( )

35 editions published between 1817 and 2008 in English and held by 1,361 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, in three parts by William Paley( Book )

192 editions published between 1794 and 2018 in English and held by 1,050 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
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 )

105 editions published between 1780 and 1968 in 3 languages and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A treatise by the famous "design-argument-for-God" theorist to prove the authenticity of the Pauline texts
The principles of moral and political philosophy : By William Paley by William Paley( )

91 editions published between 1785 and 1794 in English and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natural theology by William Paley( )

45 editions published between 1802 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 775 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. This edition sets his work in the context of the theological, philosophical, and scientific debates of the nineteenth century
Reasons for contentment : addressed to the labouring part of the British public by William Paley( )

39 editions published between 1792 and 1995 in English and held by 651 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( )

28 editions published between 1820 and 1831 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sermons on several subjects by William Paley( Book )

37 editions published between 1806 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natural theology; selections by William Paley( Book )

7 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paley's moral philosophy by William Paley( Book )

24 editions published between 1826 and 2015 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The principles of moral and political philosophy by William Paley( )

32 editions published between 1785 and 2017 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The principles of moral and political philosophy
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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 Christianity ...Natural theology : or, evidence of the existence and attributes of the deity, collected from the appearances of natureNatural theologyA view of the evidences of Christianity : In three parts. Part I. Of the direct historical evidence of Christianity, and wherein it is distinguished from the evidence alleged for other miracles. Part II. Of the auxiliary evidences of Christianity. Part III. A brief consideration of some popular objections.
Alternative Names
Paley

Paley, .. 1743-1805

Paley 1743-1805 (Archdeacon)

Paley, Archdeacon of Carlisle

Paley, Guillermo

Paley, Guillermo 1743-1805

Paley, M. 1743-1805

Paley, Wilh.

Paley, Wilhelm.

Paley, Wilhelm 1743-1805

Paley Will.

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

Paley William (Guillaume)

Payley, M. 1743-1805

Payley William

Payley, William 1743-1805

Peirei, Uiriamu

William Paley Brits filosoof

William Paley englantilainen teologi

William Paley englischer Theologe und Philosoph

William Paley filosofo e teologo inglese

Вільям Пейлі

Вільям Пейлі англійський філософ

Пейли, Уильям

ויליאם פיילי

ويليام بيلى

ويليام بيلي

ویلیام پیلی الهی‌دان و فیلسوف بریتانیایی

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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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