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A History of Freedom of Thought
by J. B. Bury
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The late Professor Bury's History of Freedom of Thought is a well-established "little classic" which has been in steady and continuous demand since it was first published in 1913. Written when liberty of thought seemed likely to become a universally attained ideal, the book is at once a history and a manifesto of a vital human quest whose end has since receded into futurity. For this edition Mr. Blackburn has provided a substantial Epilogue surverying, in a historical context, the changed istuation in religion, education, Parliament, the press, science, and in society generally.
In the same year John Locke's famous (first) Letter concerning Toleration appeared in Latin. Three subsequent letters developed and illustrated his thesis. The main argument is based on the principle that the business of civil government is quite distinct from that of religion, that the State is a society constituted only for preserving and promoting the civil interests of its members --civil interests meaning life, liberty, health, and the possession of property.
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British historian JOHN BAGNELL BURY (1861-1927) was professor of modern history at Cambridge. His writings, known for a readability combined with a scholarly depth, include History of the Later Roman Empire (1889), History of Greece (1900), and Idea of Progress (1920).
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