Paley, William, 1743-1805. and Paley, William, 1743-1805.
Utilitarianism., Ethics., and Political science -- Philosophy.
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.
Paley, William, 1743-1805, Clark, F. Le Gros (Frederick Le Gros), 1892-1977, University Library, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Paley, William, 1743-1805, and Clark, F. Le Gros (Frederick Le Gros), 1892-1977