By Justin Champion
This ebook explores the existence, notion and political commitments of the free-thinker John Toland (1670-1722). learning either his inner most archive and released works, it illustrates how Toland moved in either subversive and elite political circles in England and in another country. It explores the connections among his republican political notion and his irreligious trust approximately Christian doctrine, the ecclesiastical institution and divine revelation, arguing that faraway from being a marginal and insignificant determine, Toland counted queens, princes and govt ministers as his acquaintances and political affiliates. specifically his intimate dating with the Electress Sophia of Hanover observed him act as a courtroom thinker, but additionally as a strong publicist for the Hanoverian succession. total the publication illustrates how Toland's rules and impact impacted upon English political lifestyles among the 1690s and the 1720s.
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The primary function of these texts may not have been intellectual as much as social: subversive works may have acted as badges of identity, rather than carriers of precise philosophical meaning. The intellectual work of attacking the hegemonic discourses of orthodoxy carried out by Toland was undertaken by immersion in works of theology, scripture and patristics rather than by mere imitation and reproduction of the radical arguments of a subversive tradition. The pursuit of books was driven by both the ambitions of sociability and the intellectual priorities of the period.
9 Correspondence No. 993 pp. 332–333. 10 See S. Berti Trattato dei tre impostori (Turin, 1994) ‘Introduction’. 11 P. Marchand ‘Impostoribus’ in Berti et al. Heterodoxy p. 510. 12 See Bibliotheca Antonii Collins (1731). BL 270 I 23 (1–2) has prices marked. A manuscript version is at Keynes Mss 217, King’s College, Cambridge. 13 Correspondence No. 3391 p. 129; No. 3326 p. 53. 14 See J. O’Higgins Anthony Collins: the man and his works (The Hague, 1970) pp. 23–39. 15 BL Add Mss 4282 fo. 242. See Keynes Mss 217: fos.
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