An Essay on the First Principles of Government
One of Priestley’s first extended discussions of the nature of civil liberty.
An Essay on the First Principles of Government, and on the Nature of Political, Civil, and Religious Liberty, including remarks on Dr. Brown’s Code of Education, and on Dr. Balguy’s Sermon on Church Authority. The Second Edition, corrected and enlarged (London: J. Johnson, 1771).
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Table of Contents
- THE PREFACE.
- SECTION I.: Of the First Principles of Government, and the different kinds of Liberty.
- SECTION II.: OF POLITICAL LIBERTY.
- SECTION III.: OF CIVIL LIBERTY.
- SECT. I.: Of the nature of Civil Liberty in general.
- SECTION IV.: In what manner an authoritative code of education would affect political and civil liberty.
- SECTION V.: Of Religious Liberty, and Toleration in general.
- SECTION VI.: Some distinctions that have been made on the subject of religious liberty, and toleration considered.
- SECTION VII.: Farther observations concerning the extent of ecclesiastical authority, and the power of civil governors in matters of religion.
- SECTION VIII.: Of the necessity, or utility, of ecclesiastical establishments.
- SECTION IX.: A review of some particular positions of Dr. Balguy’s on the subject of church-authority.
- SECTION X.: Of the Progress of Civil Societies to a State of greater Perfection, showing that it is retarded by Encroachments on Civil and Religious Liberty.
- THE CONTENTS.