William Dudgeon (philosopher)

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William Dudgeon (fl. 1765) was a British philosophical writer. He resided in Berwickshire.


  • The State of the Moral World considered; or a Vindication of Providence in the Government of the Moral World, 1732. An attempt to solve the problem of the existence of evil.
  • Philosophical Letters concerning the Being and Attributes of God, 1737. These were addressed to John Jackson, a follower of Samuel Clarke. Dudgeon argued that Clarke's principles involve the conclusion that God is the only substance.
  • A Catechism founded upon Experience and Reason. Collected by a Father for the use of his Children, with an Introductory Letter to a Friend concerning Natural Religion, 1744. Natural religion is treated as the common element in all religious systems, which alone is true.

A collected edition appeared, under the title of The Philosophical Works of Mr. William Dudgeon, in 1765.



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Dudgeon, William (fl.1765)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.