Anthony Shaftesbury

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In existographies, Anthony Shaftesbury (284-242 BE) (1671-1713 ACM) (IQ:170|#422) (ID:4.05|42) (PR:12,067|65AE / politician:3,890) (CR:5) (LH:1) (TL:6), aka Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl, was an English deism themed, "anti-religious" perceived, moral philosopher, and politician, noted for []


In 1699, Shaftesbury had finished an early version of his Inquiry Concerning Virtue or Merit, then published by John Toland, and later translated (1745) by Denis Diderot, which, supposedly, has some thematic relation to Pierre Bayle’s 1681 Thoughts on the Comet, and its conjecture that a “society of atheists” is perfectly viable.[1]


Shaftesbury is not to be confused with his Anthony Shaftesbury, 1st Earl (1621-1683) (IQ:165|#440) (Cattell 1000:365), his grandfather, a noted politician.


Shaftesbury was educated directly by John Locke according to the principles of Locke’s Thoughts Concerning Education; by age 11, he could read in both Latin and Greek. Shaftesbury studied with avidity the works of Marcus Aurelius; some have compared Shaftesbury to Aurelius.[2]



Shaftesbury was influenced by: John Locke.


Shaftesbury influenced: Denis Diderot and Johann Goethe.


Quotes | By

The following are quotes by Shaftesbury:

Truth is the most powerful thing in the world, since even fiction itself must be governed by it, and can only please by its resemblance.”
— Anthony Shaftesbury (1711), Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions and Times, Volume One (pg. 8) [3]

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See also


  1. (a) Shaftesbury, Anthony. (1699). Inquiry Concerning Virtue or Merit. Publisher.
    (b) La Mettrie, Julien. (1751). Machine Man and Other Writings: Treatise on the Soul, Man as Plant, The System of Epicurus, Anti-Seneca or the Sovereign Good, Preliminary Discourse (translator and editor: Ann Thomson) (pg. xxv). Cambridge University Press, 1996.
  2. Anon. (1894). “Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl” in: Encyclopedia Britannica, Volume 21 (pgs. 767-). Publisher.
  3. Shaftesbury, Anthony. (1711). Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions and Times, Volume One (pg. 8) (Ѻ). Publisher.

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