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Site editor Neil Hitchin is presently transcribing and editing the British Library manuscript versions of Paley’s Principles of Moral and Political  Philosophy.  This e-document, which is available exclusively on this site, will be gradually updated as new material is transcribed and edited.  The aim is to produce the first critical edition of Paley’s Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy, which it is intended to make available as a print publication. Another wholly new source, overlooked for years in the Record Office in Bedford, are two sets of undergraduate notes of Paley’s lectures in philosophical theology and moral philosophy - one collection of many that we are told used to circulate around Cambridge during and after Paley’s time as a fellow. (There is, as yet, not a reference to this material through the Record Office site.)

The recent publication of Principles by the Liberty Fund (DL Lemahieu, ed.) makes an early edition of the text available at an affordable price, although this publication makes no use of any of the recently discovered manuscript materials relating to the writing and editing of the earlier drafts of the book.

Click here for “Undergraduate Notes of Paley’s Cambridge lectures”

Click here for a partial transcription of the earliest draft of Paley’s Moral Philosophy

Richard Whately, the Oxford “noetic” philosopher published his influential annotated edition of Paley in 1859.