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Clarke, Samuel (1675–1729)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DA015-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Regarded in his lifetime along with Locke as the leading English philosopher, Clarke was best known in his role as an advocate of a thoroughgoing natural theology and as a defender of Newtonianism, most notably in his famous correspondence with Leibniz. His natural theology was set out in his Boyle lectures of 1704 and 1705, but it left little room for revelation, and endeared him to neither side in the quarrel between deists and orthodox Anglicans. A staunch proponent of Newtonian natural philosophy, he defended it against criticisms of its notions of gravity and absolute space.

Citing this article:
Gaukroger, Stephen. Clarke, Samuel (1675–1729), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DA015-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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