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Memoirs of Dr. Joseph Priestley

Memoirs of Dr. Joseph Priestley
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences

  • Date Published: June 2010
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108014212

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  • Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) was an eighteenth-century English polymath with accomplishments in the fields of science, pedagogy, philosophy, and theology. Among his more notable achievements are the discovery of oxygen and his work in establishing Unitarianism. Often a controversialist, Priestley's efforts to develop a 'rational' Christianity and support for the French Revolution eventually made him unwelcome in his native land. His 1807 Memoirs relate the story of his life until the time of his emigration to America and include other biographical materials written by his son. Volume 1 contains five appendices discussing his philosophy, scientific work, and religious opinions, while the second volume focuses on his theological writings. Priestley's memoirs are an important source for anyone interested in the state of epistemology, rationalism, and religious belief in the age of the Enlightenment and in a man who, as his son says, 'gave unremitting exertions in the cause of truth'.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108014212
    • length: 924 pages
    • dimensions: 325 x 250 x 68 mm
    • weight: 1.54kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume I: Preface
    Memoirs with notes
    Continuation of the Memoirs
    Appendices. 1. An account of Dr. Priestley's discoveries in chemistry, and of his writings on that, and other scientific subjects
    2. An account of his metaphysical writings
    3. An account of his political works and opinions
    4. An account of his miscellaneous writings
    5. A summary of his religious opinions. Volume II: Appendix 6. A review of Dr. Priestley's theological works, with occasional extracts
    Four discourses intended to have been delivered at Philadelphia.

  • Authors

    Joseph Priestley

    Thomas Cooper

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