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One of the most influential Christian philosophers of his day, William Paley possessed exceptional reasoning and writing abilities which are best on display in The Works of William Paley (4 vols.). Known primarily for his contributions in ethics, philosophy, and natural theology, many of his works were used as textbooks at Cambridge, being widely used even until the 1920s.

Paley’s Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy was a foundational work in the area of Christian ethics, becoming one of the most popular books of the 19th century in both England and America. Coming at a time when slavery was the norm, Paley forcefully argues for the abolition of slavery, demonstrating how the scriptures give no grounds for its existence. Additionally, he takes up issues of women's rights and civil government. His exceptional ability at taking complex arguments and communicating them clearly has caused this work to be widely read until the present day.

Also included in this volume:

  • Collection of sermons
  • Doctrinal treaties
  • Miscellaneous writings

With the Logos Bible Software edition, this volume is fully integrated with the other resources in your Logos library, including Bibles, dictionaries, and numerous other Bible study tools. The Logos edition also allows you to perform powerful searches and word studies, and scripture references are linked to the wealth of language resources in your digital library. This makes The Works of William Paley more powerful and easier to access than ever before for reading, sermon preparation, research, and Bible study.

Key Features

  • Highly influential philosophical text
  • Ahead of its time in social and political policy arguments


  • Moral Philosophy
    • Book I. Preliminary Considerations
    • Book II. Moral Obligation
    • Book III. Relative Duties
    • Book IV. Duties to Ourselves
    • Book V. Duties Towards God
    • Book VI. Elements of Political Knowledge
  • Sermons, Doctrinal, Moral, and Miscellaneous

Product Details

  • Title: The Works of William Paley, vol. 3
  • Author: William Paley
  • Edition: Revised and expanded
  • Publisher: Longman and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1838
  • Pages: 542

About William Paley

William Paley (1743–1805) was one of the most influential philosophers of the late Enlightenment period. Having studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge, he later became a tutor of philosophy and the Greek New Testament. Later on in his life, he became Archdeacon of Carlisle within the Anglican Church. His work in the area of natural theology was groundbreaking, particularly in his formulation of the Watchmaker Analogy. Some of his other important works delve into the areas of social and political ethics and were added to the list of required texts at Cambridge shortly after their printing. A magnate of Christian philosophy, Paley’s works paved the way for modern studies in Christian apologetics and historical criticism.