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

Rachel Hammersley

in The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780719079320
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702345 | DOI:
The British Origins of The Baron d’Holbach’s atheism

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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

Chapter.  7291 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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