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Alison, Archibald (1757–1839)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DB002-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Archibald Alison was born in Edinburgh but was educated at Balliol and ordained in the Church of England. He returned to Edinburgh in 1800 as an Anglican clergyman and served there until his death. His published works included collections of sermons, but he is best known for his Essays on the Nature and Principles of Taste. This work was published in 1790, the same year as Immanuel Kant’s third Critique; but it became popular only after a second edition appeared in 1811.

Citing this article:
Townsend, Dabney. Alison, Archibald (1757–1839), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DB002-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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