Anthony Collins

(1676—1729) philosopher and freethinker

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Collins is celebrated primarily as an early ‘free-thinker’ or atheist, with his Discourse of Free-thinking (1713) being the best-remembered of his works. However, he wrote extensively on other philosophical issues, combining deterministic and materialist elements of Hobbes, Spinoza, Bayle and Locke. Other works include Philosophical Inquiry (1717).

Subjects: Philosophy.

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