MAN NOT CULPABLE FOR HIS OPINIONS - SIGNIFICANT IN PROGRESSING FREEDOM OF PRESS ([ 1826 ])

BAILEY, Samuel]

Essays on the Formation and Publication of Opinions, and on other subjects. The second edition, revised and enlarged.

Published: London: Printed for R. Hunter

Date: [ 1826 ]

8vo. xvi, 320pp., attractive and sympathetic contemporary style half dark tan calf, smooth spine panelled in gilt. Handsome copy.

Note
Although Bailey (bap. 1791 - 1870), economist and philosopher, is probably now best remembered for his important attacks on Ricardo's theory of value which showed up many of the latter's mistakes, his philosophical writings too had considerable impact. His principles resembled those of the 'philosophical radicals' and in this his first book (first published 1821) he vigourously defends the thesis that man is not responsible for his opinions since they are independent of his will, and that opinions therefore should not be the objects of disapproval or of punishment. Contemporary radicals considered it to be "the most useful single addition to the moral sciences since the Wealth of Nations" [William H. Wickwar The Struggle for the Freedom of the Press, 1819-1832 (1928), p. 246]. James Mill lauded it in the Westminster Review, July 1826 and the American Thomas Cooper likewise praised it in the preface of his Treatise on the Law of Libel and the Liberty of the Press (1830).

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