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William Paley

1743 - 1805

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William Paley (July 1743 – 25 May 1805) was an English clergyman, Christian apologist, philosopher, and utilitarian. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Paley has received more than 427,963 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia. William Paley is the 678th most popular philosopher (down from 616th in 2019), the 1,526th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,369th in 2019) and the 43rd most popular British Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, William Paley ranks 678 out of 1,081Before him are Amalric of Bena, Gilbert de la Porrée, Abd al-Rahman al-Awza'i, Francesco Algarotti, Isaac Israeli ben Solomon, and Étienne-Gabriel Morelly. After him are Pyotr Lavrov, Jerry Fodor, Olavo de Carvalho, Edvard Westermarck, P. F. Strawson, and Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī.

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Among people born in 1743, William Paley ranks 21Before him are René Just Haüy, William I, Elector of Hesse, Gavrila Derzhavin, Joseph Banks, Louis Claude de Saint-Martin, and Yekaterina Vorontsova-Dashkova. After him are Victor Amadeus II, Prince of Carignano, Princess Carolina of Orange-Nassau, Eberhard August Wilhelm von Zimmermann, Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Herbst, Giuseppe Gazzaniga, and Johannes Ewald. Among people deceased in 1805, William Paley ranks 13Before him are Isabelle de Charrière, Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, Maria Theresa of Savoy, Frederica Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt, Mihrişah Sultan, and Abraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron. After him are Aloys I, Prince of Liechtenstein, Nicolas-Jacques Conté, Conrad Moench, Pehr Osbeck, William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, and Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Paley ranks 1,526 out of 7,765Before him are Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1836), David Hemmings (1941), E. P. Thompson (1924), James Faulkner (1948), Robert Stephenson (1803), and Jim Carter (1948). After him are John Bowring (1792), Clarke Abel (1780), Ben Cross (1947), Cicely Saunders (1918), Henry Gray (1827), and Max Mallowan (1904).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, William Paley ranks 43Before him are David Hartley (1705), R. G. Collingwood (1889), Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623), Gilbert Ryle (1900), Thomas Hill Green (1836), and Robert Filmer (1588). After him are P. F. Strawson (1919), Olaf Stapledon (1886), Henry More (1614), Bernard Williams (1929), Stephen Toulmin (1922), and Raymond Williams (1921).