A Biographical Dictionary of Ancient, Medieval, and Modern by Joseph McCabe

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DesMoulins, Benoit Camille (1760-1794), French revolutionary. A young Partisan lawyer of good family who played an important part in the early stage of the Revolution. " Atheist. Destutt De Tracy, Count Antoine Louis Claude (1754- 1836), French philosopher. " A moderate revolutionary, raised to the nobility by Napoleon and greatly respected even under the restored royalty. He was a friend of Condillac and like him a materialist in psychology. An enthusiastic reader of Voltaire until he died. com 33 A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF ANCIENT, MEDIEVAL, AND MODERN FREETHINKERS Dewey, Professor John, Ph.

1855-1931) Leading American sociologist. He was, besides being professor at Columbus, President of the American Sociological Society and the International Institute of Sociology, member of the New York Board of Education, the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the American Economic Association, and author of several standard works. His freethought is best seen in his Paean Poems (1914). Gifford, Lord Adam (1820-1887), jurist, Founder of the Gifford Lectures. " The Gifford Lectures fell, as all such foundations by freethinkers do, under the influence of the clergy, and are mainly used in the interest of religion.

British philanthropist. No details are available about him, but at his death he left his entire fortune, apart from bequests to servants, of about $1,700,000 to hospitals and the National Lifeboat Institution. " Dumas, Alexandre, the Younger (1824-1895) French Novelist and dramatist. The elder and more famous Dumas died a Catholic. The younger, his bastard, became a Deist with severe ideals, as P. Bourget describes in his Nouveaux Essais (pp. 64-78). He earned a reputation by his novels and dramas which only suffers a little by the inevitable comparison with those of his father.

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