William Paley
Christian apologist, natural theologian, utilitarian
William Paley
William Paley was an English Christian apologist, philosopher, and utilitarian. He is best known for his exposition of the teleological argument for the existence of God in his work Natural Theology, which made use of the watchmaker analogy.
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BIO, PHOTOS, VIDEO Anderson Cooper's fascinating mom Gloria Vanderbilt ... - Starcasm.net
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She had a one-night stand with Marlon Brando, and her good friend Truman Capote set her up on a date with the married William Paley, CEO of CBS. She later revealed that she used sex to deal with her low self-esteem and issues with being separated from
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Pourquoi l'art contemporain ? - AgoraVox
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William Paley, lui aussi administrateur, était un ami personnel d'Allan Dulles, le directeur adjoint des opérations de la CIA. Les agents de Rockefeller ont acheté le pavillon américain de la biennale de Venise pour y affirmer l'art moderne
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ATHEISTS, AGNOSTICS & SCIENTISTS TO PROTEST CREATION MUSEUM SEPT. 24 IN SANTEE - East County Magazine
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The idea was scholarly expanded upon in the writings of 18th century British theologian William Paley, who told a parable of a traveler encountering a watch in a field and knowing intuitively that the time-keeping device must have had an intelligent
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Ann Coulter's Big Idea: Let's Return to the Good Old Days - Huffington Post
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She claims to know all about intelligent design and makes the stale argument offered by William Paley in 1802 and Michael Behe in 1996 that lots of biological entities are far too complex to have evolved. At least she makes her inane and scientifically
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Cigar Review: La Palina El Diario Gordo - Stogie Guys Online Cigar Magazine
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Though I've heard La Palina owner William Paley describe the cigar as medium-bodied, I found the Gordo to be more full-bodied. The flavor profile is pleasant, accented by a bit of char on the finish but dominated by earthiness
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Tracy Nissenbaum, Adam Paley
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Tracy Blair Nissenbaum and Adam James Paley were married Saturday evening by Cantor Wayne S. Siet at Pine Hollow Country Club in East Norwich, N.Y. Mrs. Paley, 28, is a speech-language pathologist at Public School 140 in New York, where she works with students 5 to 13 years old who have speech and language disorders. She graduated from Indiana
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Jerry's Ink: Bob - Long Island Press
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The best part of the suit is I'm going to call William Paley to the witness stand to explain why they are turning away business.” Bob eyes got wide and he shook his head. “You're going to sue CBS and call William Paley as a witness?
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Television | The daily theatre in our lives - Livemint
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Programmes like Hum Log had not only established the potential of the soap opera, they had also shown the magic of television as a vital cog in the Indian consumer economy—as a “selling medium”, to quote CBS founder William Paley
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The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning, By Jonathan Sacks - The Independent
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Writing in the tradition of 18th-century religious philosophers, such as William Paley, Sacks hopes to promote tolerance and civility. The real urgent conflict, he suggests, is not between different kinds of belief and non-belief, but between militant
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Mary McCarthy's The Group, Hilton Als's "The Women," and Bridesmaids - Bookslut
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In his mind-blowing essay "The Women" (Granta, 1994), about Truman Capote's fluid sexuality and the beguiling constellation of sex, power, and authorship, Hilton Als describes Norman Mailer and CBS chairman William Paley, who represented for Capote the
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The first commercial Dodgers broadcast, 70 years ago today - ESPN (blog)
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The technology and resources that David Sarnoff and William Paley were plowing into TV were immediately diverted to the war effort. The growth of TV would be stymied for the better part of the 1940s, until a manic vaudevillian named Milton Berle hit it
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Television turns 70 - Danbury News Times
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The first great broadcast executives -- David Sarnoff at NBC and William Paley at CBS -- understood what the future would bring. And by 1941, with the FCC's stamp of approval, they began broadcasting regular TV shows. But history stopped television's
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Champion of Cities - Wall Street Journal
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Burden with mother Babe Paley and stepfather William Paley at her 1964 wedding to Carter Burden. Her parents, Babe Paley (née Barbara Cushing) and Standard Oil heir Stanley Mortimer, divorced when she was a toddler and her mother married the formidable
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Museum of Broadcast Communications celebrates progress in building new home - Chicago Tribune
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... will feature a wall in the downstairs lobby that will honor the executives and personalities who made their mark in Chicago before moving on to national fame, including the Belushi brothers, Walt Disney, Bernie Mac, William Paley and Betty White
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A Turthful Capote is Revealed at Bay Street - The Sag Harbor Express
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It was a scandalous piece of prose in which Capote skewered the upper echelon by sharing intimate and thinly disguised details of their personal lives — among them his closest friend, Babe Paley, wife of CBS founder William Paley, who shunned him
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Darrell Hammond Is Certainly 'TRU' To The Complicated Truman Capote - Hamptons.com
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In particular, Capote's relationship with benefactors and friends CBS network head William Paley, and his wife 'Babe', as well as 'Slim' Keith, among others - who believed that their privates lives where the fodder for Capote's book - resulted in an
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James Arness - Telegraph.co.uk
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In 1966-67, however, the ratings plummeted, and it looked as though the series had run its course; but when it was axed, such were the howls of protest from viewers that the chairman of CBS, William Paley, ordered it to be reinstated
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奥斯卡,政界名流的专属设计师 - 和讯网
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然而说过这句话之后,他却又完全将其忽略,很快就开始追忆起自己当时追求她的种种细节,还大谈自己面对其他追求者例如CBS电视台的前主席William Paley时的嫉妒之情。 他细说就里道:“Annette当时正要和她妈妈一起出发
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A City Park Where Lighting Up Is Still Lawful - WNYC (blog)
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Bill Paley, the son of William Paley, now runs the luxury La Palina Cigars brand, smoking in Paley Park on the 44th anniversary of his family's park. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC) The city's public park smoking ban went into effect Monday,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William Paley
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1805
    Age 61
    He died on 25 May 1805 and is buried in Carlisle Cathedral with his two wives.
    More Details Hide Details Paley's Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy was one of the most influential philosophical texts in late Enlightenment Britain. It was cited in several parliamentary debates over the corn laws in Britain and in debates in the US Congress. The book remained a set textbook at Cambridge well into the Victorian era. Charles Darwin, as a student of theology, was required to read it when he did his undergraduate studies at Christ's College. But it was Paley's Natural Theology that most impressed Darwin, even though it was not a set book for undergraduates. Portraits of Pailey and Darwin face each other at Christ College till today.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1802
    Age 58
    Thus, Paley's use of the watch (and other mechanical objects like it) continued a long and fruitful tradition of analogical reasoning that was well received by those who read Natural Theology when it was published in 1802.
    More Details Hide Details Since Paley is often read in university courses that address the philosophy of religion, the timing of his design argument has sometimes perplexed modern philosophers. Earlier in the century David Hume had argued against notions of design with counter examples drawn from monstrosity, imperfect forms of testimony and probability. Hume's arguments, however, were not widely accepted by most of the reading public and they fell 'stillborn' (to use Hume's own assessment) from the press. Despite Hume's unpopularity, Paley's published works and in manuscript letters show that he engaged directly with Hume from his time as an undergraduate to his last works. Paley's works were more influential than Hume's from the 1800s to the 1840s. Hume's arguments were only accepted gradually by the reading public, and his philosophical works sold poorly until agnostics like Thomas Huxley championed Hume's philosophy in the late 19th century.
    Paley is also remembered for his contributions to the philosophy of religion, utilitarian ethics and Christian apologetics. In 1802, he published Natural Theology; or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, his last book.
    More Details Hide Details As he states in the preface, he saw the book as a preamble to his other philosophical and theological books; in fact, he suggests that Natural Theology should be read first, so as to build a systematic understanding of his arguments. The main thrust of his argument was that God's design of the whole creation could be seen in the general happiness, or well-being, that was evident in the physical and social order of things. Such a book fell within the broad tradition of natural theology works written during the Enlightenment; and this explains why Paley based much of his thought on John Ray (1691), William Derham (1711) and Bernard Nieuwentyt (1750). Paley's argument is built mainly around anatomy and natural history. "For my part", he says, "I take my stand in human anatomy"; elsewhere he insists upon "the necessity, in each particular case, of an intelligent designing mind for the contriving and determining of the forms which organized bodies bear". In making his argument, Paley employed a wide variety of metaphors and analogies. Perhaps the most famous is his analogy between a watch and the world. Historians, philosophers and theologians often call this the Watchmaker analogy. Building on this mechanical analogy, Paley presents examples from planetary astronomy and argues that the regular movements of the solar system resemble the workings of a giant clock. To bolster his views he cites the work of his old friend John Law and the Dublin Astronomer Royal John Brinkley.
  • FORTIES
  • 1790
    Age 46
    The Principles was followed in 1790 by his first essay in the field of Christian apologetics, Horae Paulinae, or the Truth of the Scripture History of St Paul which compared the Paul's Epistles with the Acts of the Apostles, making use of "undesigned coincidences" to argue that these documents mutually supported each other's authenticity.
    More Details Hide Details Some have said this book was the most original of Paley's works. It was followed in 1794 by the celebrated View of the Evidences of Christianity, which was also added to the examinations at Cambridge, remaining on the syllabus until the 1920s. For his services in defence of the faith, with the publication of the Evidences, the Bishop of London gave him a stall in St Paul's; the Bishop of Lincoln made him subdean of that cathedral, and the Bishop of Durham conferred upon him the rectory of Bishopwearmouth. During the remainder of Paley's life, his time was divided between Bishopwearmouth and Lincoln, during which time he wrote Natural Theology: or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, despite his increasingly debilitating illness.
  • 1789
    Age 45
    In 1789, a speech he gave on the subject in Carlisle was published.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1782
    Age 38
    In 1782 Edmund Law, otherwise the mildest of men, was most particular that Paley should add a book on political philosophy to the moral philosophy, which Paley was reluctant to write.
    More Details Hide Details The book was published in 1785 under the title of The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy, and was made a part of the examinations at the University of Cambridge the next year. It passed through fifteen editions in the author's lifetime. Paley strenuously supported the abolition of the slave trade, and his attack on slavery in the book was instrumental in drawing greater public attention to the practice.
    In 1782 he became the Archdeacon of Carlisle.
    More Details Hide Details Paley was intimate with the Law family throughout his life, and the Bishop and his son John Law (who was later an Irish bishop) were instrumental during the decade after he left Cambridge in pressing him to publish his revised lectures and in negotiating with the publisher.
  • 1780
    Age 36
    He was subsequently made vicar of Dalston in 1780, near the bishop's palace at Rose Castle.
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  • 1776
    Age 32
    In 1776 Paley was presented to the rectory of Musgrave in Westmorland, which was exchanged soon after for Appleby.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1763
    Age 19
    Paley was born in Peterborough, England, and was educated at Giggleswick School, of which his father was headmaster, and at Christ's College, Cambridge. He graduated in 1763 as senior wrangler, became fellow in 1766, and in 1768 tutor of his college.
    More Details Hide Details He lectured on Samuel Clarke, Joseph Butler and John Locke in his systematic course on moral philosophy, which subsequently formed the basis of his Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy; and on the New Testament, his own copy of which is in the British Library. The subscription controversy was then agitating the university, and Paley pushed an anonymous defence of a pamphlet in which the Master of Peterhouse and Bishop of Carlisle Edmund Law had advocated the retrenchment and simplification of the Thirty-nine Articles; he did not, however, sign the petition (called the "Feathers Tavern" petition, from the place where it was agreed) for a relaxation of the terms of subscription. He was also a strong supporter of the American colonies during the revolutionary war, partly because he thought it would lead to the destruction of slavery. He studied philosophy.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1743
    Born
    Born in 1743.
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