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The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century FranceBetween the Ancients and the Moderns$
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Rachel Hammersley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079320

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079320.001.0001

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The British Origins of The Baron d’Holbach’s atheism

The British Origins of The Baron d’Holbach’s atheism

(p.123) 8 The British Origins of The Baron d’Holbach’s atheism
The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

Rachel Hammersley

Manchester University Press

Paul Henri Thierry, baron d'Holbach personified the philosophers aimed at ‘the utter extirpation of religion’. Not only was he the host of one of the most notorious salons of the period, but he was also the author of some of the earliest explicitly atheistic works ever to have been published. D'Holbach was indeed an opponent of the ancient republican tradition but he was far more sympathetic to the more moderate republicanism of the commonwealthmen. Indeed, d'Holbach not only made use of their religious arguments, but also shared some of their moral and political ideas.

Keywords:   Paul Henri Thierry, atheistic works, d'Holbach, commonwealthmen, religious arguments, ancient republican

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