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Clarke, Samuel (1675–1729)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


English rationalist philosopher and natural theologian, born in Norwich, rector of St James, Westminster. Clarke was an early exponent of Newton's scientific achievements and defended them in correspondence with Leibniz. In his ethical writings, he argued for the objectivity of moral qualities and relations and held that we could have rational knowledge of these on the analogy of our mathematical knowledge. His works include A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God (1704–5), A Discourse concerning the Unchangeable Obligations of Natural Religion and the Truth and Certainty of Christian Revelation (1706), and The Leibniz–Clarke Correspondence (1717). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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