Joseph Glanvill


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Joseph Glanvill (1636–1680) was an English writer, philosopher, and clergyman. Not himself a scientist, he has been called "the most skillful apologist of the virtuosi", or in other words the leading propagandist for the approach of the English natural philosophers of the later 17th century.

He was raised in a strict Puritan household, and educated at Oxford University, where ... more »

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  • ''It may not be impossible, but that our Faculties may be so construed, as always to deceive us in the things we judge most certain and assured.''
    Joseph Glanvill (1636-1680), British divine, philosopher. "Of Scepticism and Certainty," Essay II, p. 50, Essays on Several Important Subjects in Phil...
  • ''That though we are certain of many things, yet that Certainty is no absolute Infallibility, there still remains the possibility of our being mistaken in all matters of humane Belief and Inquiry.''
    Joseph Glanvill (1636-1680), British divine, philosopher. "Of Scepticism and Certainty," Essay II, p. 50, Essays on Several Important Subjects in Phil...
  • ''The belief of our Reason is an Exercise of Faith, and Faith is an Act of Reason.''
    Joseph Glanvill (1636-1680), British divine, philosopher. "The Agreement of Reason and Religion," Essay V, p. 21, Essays on Several Important Subjects...
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