Samuel Clarke: A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God: And Other Writings

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 13, 1998 - Philosophy - 168 pages
Samuel Clarke was by far the most gifted and influential Newtonian philosopher of his generation, and A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God, which constituted the 1704 Boyle Lectures, was one of the most important works of the first half of the eighteenth century, generating a great deal of controversy about the relation between space and God, the nature of divine necessary existence, the adequacy of the Cosmological Argument, agent causation, and the immateriality of the soul. Together with the other texts presented in this edition, it also provides the best introduction to Clarke's philosophical views, which, in addition to their intrinsic interest, are historically important for the light they shed both on the philosophical positions within the Newtonian circle and on the exchange between Clarke and Leibniz, the most famous philosophical controversy of the eighteenth century.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
vii
List of abbreviations
viii
Introduction
ix
Chronology
xxxii
Further reading
xxxiv
Note on the text
xxxvii
A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God
1
Other writings
93
The Answer to a Seventh Letter
118
Letters to Dr Clarke concerning Liberty and Necessity
124
From Remarks Upon a Book
132
From Clarkes Sermons on Several Subjects
138
From A Discourse concerning the Unchangeable Obligations of Natural Religion
147
From Four Defences of a Letter to Mr Dodwell
151
From A Collection of Papers which passed between the late learned Mr Leibniz and Dr Clarke
161
Index
165

Several Letters to the Reverend Dr Clarke
95
The Answer to a Sixth Letter
112

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