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An Apology for the Discourse of Humane Reason. Written by Ma. Clifford, Esq.; Being a Reply to Plain Dealing. With the Author's Epitaph and Character
London: Printed for Walter Davis in Amen Corner, 1680 First edition of Albertus Warren's defense of Martin Clifford's major work, A Treatise of Humane Reason, which empha-sized the role of religion in religious belief and stirred up a controversy that lasted two decades. Contemporary speckled sheep. . Twelvemo. Binding lightly rubbed, some light foxing in places. Very good. With the armor-ial bookplate of the Earl of Macclesfield, with his embossed stamp on the title-page and first page of preliminaries. Martin Clifford (1624-1677) was Master of the Charterhouse, who in 1674 had published A Treatise on Humane Reason, a work which caused a considerable controversy. One of those who attacked it was Andrew Marvell in Plain Dealing (1675). The present work by Warren is a reply to Marvell. It is dedicated to the Earl of Shaftesbury, who had been instrumental in getting Clifford's salary at the Charterhouse increased While Clifford himself occupies only a small place in the history of philosophy, the issue he was addressing is a truly fundamental one. His works, and those of his clerical opponents, helped to stimulate the work of two much more profound thinkers. Robert Boyle's A Discourse of Things above Reason (1681) provides a measured defence of the Christian mysteries (as 'above' reason but not contrary to it), while Locke's arguments in Book 4 of the Essay and in the Reasonableness of Christianity (1695) are closer to Clifford in their spirit" (Dictionary of Seventeenth-Century British Philosophers).
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