Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Dudgeon, William (fl.1765)
DUDGEON, WILLIAM (fl. 1765), philosophical writer, resided in Berwickshire. He published:
- ‘The State of the Moral World considered; or a Vindication of Providence in the Government of the Moral World,’ 1732, 8vo (an attempt to solve the problem of the existence of evil).
- ‘Philosophical Letters concerning the Being and Attributes of God,’ 1737, 8vo (addressed to the Rev. Mr. Jackson, a follower of Clarke. Dudgeon argues that Clarke's principles involve the conclusion that God is the only substance).
- ‘A Catechism founded upon Experience and Reason. Collected by a Father for the use of his Children,’ with an ‘Introductory Letter to a Friend concerning Natural Religion,’ 1744, 8vo (here natural religion is treated as the common element in all religious systems which alone is true).
A collective edition of the foregoing appeared, under the title of ‘The Philosophical Works of Mr. William Dudgeon,’ in 1765, 8vo.
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