Portrait of William Paley

Quotes by William Paley

1743 – 1805

William Paley (1743-1805) was an 18th century English moral philosopher who became an influential teacher at the University of Cambridge. His major work, The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy (1785) played a vital role in disseminating utilitarian ideas in England.


Property Rights

William Paley on the tragedy of the commons (1785)

William Paley

Origin of Government

William Paley dismisses as a fiction the idea that there ever was a binding contract by which citizens consented to be ruled by their government (1785)

William Paley