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Is someone informed about the philosopher William Graham (1839 - 1911)?

from Michael Blume, 12. January 2012, 09:28

Today, I want to use this scilog in a new way: As a tool for presenting a question. I stumbled upon the topic while preparing a German book about Charles Darwin's works on religion & evolution. In his last year, the great Victorian became captivated by a book on the topic and wrote to its author William Graham:

Dear Sir

I hope that you will not think it intrusive on my part to thank you heartily for the pleasure which I have derived from reading your admirably written `Creed of Science,’ though I have not yet quite finished it, as now that I am old I read very slowly. It is a very long time since any other book has interested me so much. The work must have cost you several years and much hard labour with full leisure for work.

Read the full letter at the Darwin Correspondence Project (Letter 13230).

Intrigued, I started to read the book "The Creed of Science" myself, which is available in print as well as in open-access-directories.

Although a quotation from this Darwinian letter to Graham started a heated debate about the contradictions of atheistic naturalism by Alvin Platinga, I couldn't find much information about the author. He seems to be virtually unknown not only to German libraries and handbooks of philosophy, but also to the Internet including Wikipedia. According to the preface of 'The Creed of Science', William Graham has been Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Economy at Queen's College, Belfast.

Could you help out?

Therefore, I wanted to ask abroad if someone out there is having some bibliographic informations or scientific references to William Graham (1839 - 1911). Please don't hesitate to post a comment or contact me via my homepage.



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  1. J. A. Le Fevre Platinga?
    12.01.2012 | 19:24

    Just a bit off-topic (I can not help at this time with William Graham), but the musings of Alvin Platinga seem naught but (to borrow from Paul Simon), A Simple Desultory Philippic (a rambling condemnation) with no substance. His is a failure of imagination to grasp how civil man (with full aid from religion) was able to evolve without seeking answers from miracles.

    I, for one, do not believe religion needs philosophers to save it from evolution.

  2. Michael Blume @Williamcrawley...
    12.01.2012 | 20:08

    ...has been successful so far. He sent me this link via Twitter:
    Google-Books UK - Political economy...

    Thanks a lot, William!

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