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The Enlightened Joseph Priestley


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Contents List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations PrefacePart I Calne, 1773-17801. Shelburne and Politics2. Religion and Theology3. "Common-Sense" and Associationism4. Matter and Spirit5. Philosophical Necessity6. Observations on Air I and II: Oxygen7. Observations on Air III and Natural Philosophy IPart II Birmingham, 1780-17918. Science and the Lunar Society9. Science and the Chemical Revolution10. Religion11. Theology12. Education, Metaphysics, History13. Politics and the Birmingham RiotsPart III Clapton/Hackney (1791-1794) and Northumberland, Pennsylvania (1794-1804)14. Politics, Science, Education, Religion15. Emigration to the United States, Politics, and Education16. Science17. Religion, Death Appendix: Family Bibliography Index

About the Author

Robert E. Schofield is Professor of History Emeritus at Iowa State University, where he was also Director of the Program in History of Technology and Science. The first volume of his Priestley biography, The Enlightenment of Joseph Priestley, was published by Penn State Press in 1997. He is also the editor of A Scientific Autobiography of Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) (1966).


"Robert E. Schofield's last volume of his biography of Priestley devotes detailed chapters both to philosophical doctrines and to the extraordinary controversies they engendered. No author has done a better job at laying out the complexities of a materialism that Priestley saw as compatible with Christianity and of a necessitarianism he thought would rescue Protestantism from the absurdity of Calvinist doctrine. . . . He has written in a masterly way about a subject that is uniquely his own."

-Margaret C. Jacob, Journal of American History

"Robert Schofield has done this remarkable man proud. Others may write shorter and perhaps more popular biographies of Joseph Priestley, but they will do so in the shadow of this magisterial work."

-Derek A. Davenport, Bulletin for the History of Chemistry

"Undaunted by the great mass, intellectual range and contextual variety of Joseph Priestley's work and life, Robert Schofield deserves our lasting gratitude for bringing to bear a scholarly lifetime's knowledge of his subject in this concluding volume of his intellectual biography."

-John Christie, Times Higher Education Supplement

"Schofield succeeds brilliantly."

-Michael F. Conlin, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

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