Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/HL
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDr David Hartley, philosopher
DescriptionBorn in 1705, David Hartley, philosopher and physician, was the founder of the Associationist School of Psychology, which explained sensation, memory and all workings of the mind as due to tiny vibrations, working by way of the nerves. As a result, Hartley was reluctantly led to deny the existence of free-will. He entered Jesus College, Cambridge, aged 15, and later became a Fellow. He studied at first for the Church, but dissenting from some points in the 39 Articles, he abandoned this intention. Later he impugned the eternity of hell-punishment, maintaining the ultimate restoration of the lost. In all other points his published opinions coincided with the Church of England. He finally chose the medical profession and practiced at Newark, Bury St Edmunds, London and Bath. He published his major work, OBSERVATIONS ON MAN in 1747 and died in 1757. His correspondence is with the Reverend John Lister
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Related MaterialSee also HALIFAX ANTIQUARIAN TRANSACTIONS 1938, pp231-278; and HAS/B 22/34
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