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L'existence de Dieu, démontrée par les merveilles de la nature. En trois parties; où l'on traite de la structure du corps de l'homme, des elemens, des astres, & de leurs divers effets. Paris: Jacques Vincent, 1725.
- First French edition of 'Het regt gebruik der werelt beschouwingen', Nieuwentyt's main work of 1715 directed against Spinoza and his followers. This translation was reprinted in Amsterdam in 1727 and again in 1760. The English translation had appeared in 1718 as 'The Religious Philosopher, designed for the conviction of atheists and infidels'. 'Nieuwentijt (1654-1718) published his main works later in life. 'Het regt gebruik' (The Right Use of Contemplating the Works of the Creator) was explicitly directed at people who, under the influence of Spinoza, felt that nature was nothing but chance and necessity and that the Bible was not the infallible word of God. It seems likely that Nieuwentijt was indeed familiar with such ‘atheists’. In the very comprehensive Het regt gebruik he demonstrated that the investigation of nature, far from leading to irreligion, demonstrates at all places the hand of an all-wise, almighty and benevolent God. Referring both to scientific literature and his own experiments, he reviewed the latest discoveries on the human body, the elements, the heavens, animals, plants, and so on, and showed that they all pointed to plan and purpose, and could not possibly have come into being by a merely fortuitous concurrence of particles. Just as a watch needs a watchmaker (a metaphor much elaborated), so things in nature point to an allwise Creator. The argument by itself was an old one, but was used in works on theology, hardly in works of science. British authors like Ray and Derham had developed it more or less in the way Nieuwentijt does. Nieuwentijt may have been aware of their work, but appears to have conceived of the view put forward in his own book independently' (Dictionary of Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Dutch Philosophers, Thoemmes Press, 2003). PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 4to, xxvi, [i], 681, [3] pp., 29 folding engraved plates, contemporary panelled calf, spine decorated gilt in compartments, red morocco label, inside dentelles, marbled endpapers, an excellent copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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