Scepsis Scientifica: or, Contest Ignorance, the way to Science; In an Essay of The Vanity of Dogmatizing, and Confident Opinion. With a Reply to the Exceptions Of the Learned Thomas Albius. Joseph GLANVILL.
Scepsis Scientifica: or, Contest Ignorance, the way to Science; In an Essay of The Vanity of Dogmatizing, and Confident Opinion. With a Reply to the Exceptions Of the Learned Thomas Albius.

Scepsis Scientifica: or, Contest Ignorance, the way to Science; In an Essay of The Vanity of Dogmatizing, and Confident Opinion. With a Reply to the Exceptions Of the Learned Thomas Albius.

London: Printed by E. Cotes, for Henry Eversden, 1665. Sole edition, 8vo, (xxx), 184, (16), 92, (4) pp, lacking the half title, and with two leaves of the preliminaries (imprimatur and advertisement) bound at the end. Engraved coat of arms of the Royal Society, title and subsequent leaf with some chipping to the edges, the latter with some staining, mostly mild marginal browning throughout. Contemporary sheep with blind stamped rules, neatly rebacked. A reply to Thomas White's "An Exclusion of Sceptics from All Title to Dispute", published the same year, which was itself a reply to Glanvill's own "The Vanity of Dogmatizing" (1661, of which this title is a reworking). The book was presented to the Royal Society in December 1664 and Glanvill was elected a member the following week. A Church of England clergyman who had rejected his own family's Puritan beliefs, Glanvill contributed some minor researches to the Society and published widely on science, witchcraft and religion, sparking some lively exchanges of pamphlets, including one with a Puritan minister, Robert Crosse, which led to Crosse composing "...anti-Glanvill ballads to be sung in alehouses" (ODNB). Wing G827, G828. Item #27319

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