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Molyneux's Question: The Irish Debates

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Author FaskoManuel, West Peter,
Project Die andere Welt - die Auffassung des Naturgeschehens als Sprache Gottes in den Arbeiten George Berkeleys. Eine kritische Untersuchung.
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Molyneux’s Question and the History of Philosophy
Editor , Ferretti Gabriele; , Glenney Brian
Publisher Routledge, Oxford
Page(s) x
Title of proceedings Molyneux’s Question and the History of Philosophy

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Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)


William Molyneux was born in Dublin, studied in Trinity College Dublin (TCD), and was a founding member of the Dublin Philosophical Society (DPS), Ireland’s counterpart to the Royal Society in London. He was a central figure in the Irish intellectual milieu during the Early Modern period and – along with George Berkeley and Edmund Burke – is one of the best-known thinkers to have come out of that context and out of Irish thought more generally. In 1688, when Molyneux wrote the letter to Locke in which he posed the now famous question about a man born blind made to see , he was an active member of the DPS and was on familiar terms with several other key figures in Irish philos-ophy at the time. For these reasons, the intellectual environment in Dublin and Ireland is where the effects of Molyneux’s famous question would have been most immediately and directly felt. It would be amiss, then, for a survey of the impact and influence of Molyneux’s question to omit an examination of its reception in Early Modern Ireland.