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James Fisher

(1697—1775) a founder of the Secession church


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Joseph Fisher was vicar of Drax in Yorkshire, information disclosed on the title-page of his Review of the Doctrine of Philosophical Necessity illustrated by Dr. Priestley (1779). The work is dedicated to William Markham, Archbishop of York, an intemperate man well known for his dislike of the dissenters, and presumably represents an attempt to gain preferment. It is one of the least, possibly the least, important replies to Priestley. The broad thrust of Fisher's argument is that Priestley's necessitarianism is to set laws of nature above the paramount will of God, which is blasphemous. In Fisher's account the same cause can have different effects. Fisher was also the anonymous author of Remarks on a Remarker on a late Publication by William Burgh L.L.D. (1775). Burgh's work was an attack on the Unitarian views of Theophilus Lindsey: the ‘Remarker’ Anthony Temple was an associate of Lindsey. Fisher defends Burgh's views.

From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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