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WARD, Seth.]
A Philosophicall Essay Towards an Eviction of the Being and Attributes of God. Immortality of the souls of men. Truth and authority of Scripture. Together with an index of the heads of every particular part.
Oxford: Printed by Leonard Lichfield, and are to be sold by John Adams and Edward Forrest, 1652. Sextodecimo (145 x 85 mm). Contemporary panelled calf, unsympathetically rebacked, hinges reinforced. With the booklabel of bookseller and bibliographer John Stephens (1948-2006) to the front pastedown. Extremities worn, contents a little browned, small chip not affecting text at head of pp. 3/4, chip with loss to pp. 149/150 and tear affecting text to pp. 151/152. An acceptable copy. First edition. This was the first book (excluding his contribution to the 1644 volume Certain Disquisitions and Considerations) published by Seth Ward (1617-1689), then Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford, later bishop of Exeter and of Salisbury. The Essay is on the nature of God and the soul in general, but also constitutes an extensive refutation of the materialist philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, as set forth in Hobbes's Leviathan, which was first published the previous year. "The treatise itself dealt with the being and attributes of God, the soul's immortality and the truth and authority of scripture, and Ward claimed that he had composed it several years previously. Towards the end of his prefatory remarks, Ward suddenly digresses into a topical attack upon Hobbes, drawing attention to the philosopher's denial of the existence of incorporeal substances, a position at odds with Ward's orthodox defence of the soul's immortality. What follows is a carefully structured rejection of Hobbes's authority" (Parkin, Taming the Leviathan, 2007). This marked a change in Ward's thinking towards Hobbes, … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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