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Collins, Anthony

  • Jacopo AgnesinaEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20791-9_550-1

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Free-thinkers, Radical Enlightenment, Deism, Atheism, Determinism, Materialism, Biblical criticism, Dissimulation, Skepticism, John Toland, Pierre Bayle, Baruch Spinoza, Pierre Desmaizeaux


Widely known as the leader of the Free-thinkers sect, Anthony Collins (1676–1729) spent his life in the Essex countryside. A fierce anticlerical, he developed a heterodox philosophy in which Continental radical influences can be found. Materialism, determinism, freedom of expression, and biblical criticism are the main issues discussed in his works.

Collins, Anthony

Anthony Collins, one of the most influential English heterodox intellectuals of the early eighteenth century, was born on 21 June 1676. His philosophy was much appreciated by the philosophes of the French Enlightenment, but almost completely forgotten in the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century. Rediscovered in the 1970s thanks to the studies of James O’Higgins (1970) and David...

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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Studi UmanisticiUniversità del Piemonte OrientaleVercelliItaly

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  • Dana Jalobeanu
    • 1
  • Charles T. Wolfe
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  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyUniversity of BucharestBucharestRomania
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Sarton Centre for History of ScienceGhent UniversityGhentBelgium