Hartley, David (1705–1757)
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List of works
Hartley, D. (1730) Conjecturae quaedam de sensu, motu, et idearum generatione, London; 2nd edn, Bath, 1746; repr. in S.
Parr (ed.) Metaphysical Tracts, London, 1837.
(The first statement of Hartley’s interests in the physiological basis of perception and ideation.)
Hartley, D. (1749) Observations on Man, His Frame, His Duty, and His Expectations, London: Leake & Frederick, 2 vols.
(Hartley’s opus magnum, subsequently edited in ‘bowdlerized’ form by Joseph Priestley, sets out a materialist theory of the activity of mind, understood in terms of Newtonian corpuscular theory and a Providential reading of Christianity.)
References and further reading
Darwin, E. (1794–6) Zoonomia, London: J. Johnson, 2 vols; repr. New York: A.M.S. Press, 1974.
Darwin, E. (1803) Temple of Nature, London: J. Johnson; facsimile Menston: Scolar Press, 1973.
Gay, J. (1731) A Dissertation concerning the Fundamental Principle and Immediate Criterion of Virtue, London: W. Thurlborn.
Godwin, W. (1793) An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, London: Robinson; revised 1796, 1798.
Halévy, E. (1928) The Growth of Philosophic Radicalism, trans.
Morris, London: Faber & Faber; rev. edn, London: Faber & Faber, 1934.
(By far the best survey of the radical intellectual tradition of which Hartley formed a part.)
Oberg, B.B. (1976) ‘David Hartley and the Association of Ideas’, Journal of the History of Ideas
(The best brief account of Hartley’s psychology.)
Smith, C.U.M. (1987) ‘David Hartley’s Newtonian Neuropsychology’, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 23: 123–136.
(This offers a lucid exegesis of the largely Newtonian physical theories underpinning Hartley’s science.)
Webb, M.E. (1988) ‘A New History of Hartley’s Observations on Man’, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
(Insists upon the importance of the iatrophysical medical theories of the early eighteenth century as a major context for Hartley’s doctrines.)
Webb, M.E. (1989) ‘The Early Medical Studies and Practice of Dr David Hartley’, Bulletin of the History of Medicine
(Informative on Hartley’s medical career.)
Young, R.M. (1972) ‘David Hartley’, Dictionary of Scientific Biography
6, New York: Scribner, 138–140.
(An exposition of Hartley’s views which stresses the debts of later theorists to him.)
Young, R.M. (1973) ‘Association of Ideas’, Dictionary of the History of Ideas, ed.
Wiener, New York: Scribner, 111–118.
(A fine account of the post-Lockean tradition of associationism which stresses the major part played by Hartley.)
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