John Toland (1670-1722)
John Toland, Irish-born rationalist philosopher and freethinker, died on 11 March, 1722. “If you would know more of him, search his writings,” he wrote in a self-penned epitaph that appeared a few days later.
Toland is best remembered today as a philosopher, freethinker, author, pamphleteer who made important contributions to the various fields of philosophy – in what today would be regarded as both the natural and social sciences.
A new website dedicated to Toland, his life and work has been unveiled. This website will serve as a free online resource and repository of knowledge pertaining to his writings, the times in which he lived and to the social movement that he, along with others, spearheaded and represented, with particular reference to the enduring legacy and effect.
This free website is open to anyone who may wish to contribute. Those who wish to contribute can get in touch with the site here.
The 350th anniversary of Toland’s birth will be observed on 30 November 2020 and the 300th anniversary of his death falls less than two years later, in 2022. Anyone who has an interest in these anniversaries can get in touch to ensure that they are properly observed and accorded the respect that they are due.
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