Richard Price Bibliography

A Review of the Principal Questions and Difficulties in Morals, Particularly those respecting the Origin of our Ideas of Virtue, its Nature, Relation to the Deity, Obligation, Subject-Matter, and Sanctions (enlarged in 1787 by an Appendix, with additional notes and a Dissertation on the Being and Attributes of the Deity) 1758
Price’s first work, which established his reputation, consisting of an attack on the moral sense theory of Francis Hutcheson and a forceful exposition of ethical intutionism. Price’s moral philosophy foreshadowed some of the fundamental ideas of Kant.
Four Dissertations. I. On Providence. II. On Prayer. III. On the Reasons for expecting that virtuous Men shall meet after Death in a State of Happiness. IV. On the Importance of Christianity, the Nature of Historical Evidence, and Miracles 1767
“In the fourth of these dissertations Price criticized David Hume's ‘Of Miracles.’ Hume was grateful for the civility with which Price argued, and he wrote to Price that the light in which he put this controversy was ‘new and plausible and ingenious, and perhaps solid. But I must have some more time to weigh it, before I can pronounce this judgment with satisfaction to myself.’ ” Elmer Sprague in Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.
Observations on Reversionary Payments 1771
A work which laid the foundation for a scientific system for life insurance and old-age pensions.
An Appeal to the Public on the the Subject of the National Debt 1772
The Appeal lead William Pitt to establish the sinking fund.
Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, the Principles of Government, and the Justice and Policy of the War with America 1776
With Additional Observations... (1777), Price’s two writings on American independence met with large sales in both England and America, it sold 60,000 copies immediately and double the number in a cheap edition. In advocating independence Price became a friend of Benjamin Franklin. He was given the freedom of the city of London in 1776, invited by the U.S Congress in 1778 to offer advice on finance, and his economic ideas influence Turgot and Necker in France.

“In this hour of danger it would become us to turn our thoughts to Heaven. This is what our brethren in the Colonies are doing. From one end of North America to the other they are fasting and praying. But what are we doing? - shocking thought. - We are running wild after pleasure and forgetting everything serious and decent in Masquerades. - We are gambling in gaming houses: trafficking in boroughs: perjuring ourselves at elections: and selling ourselves for places - which side is Providence likely to favour?”
Two Tracts 1778
Observations on the Importance of the American Revolution 1787
Sermons on the Christian Doctrine 1787
The Evidence for a Future Period of Improvement in the State of Mankind 1787
A Discourse on the Love of Our Country 1789
Burke sought to refute Price's political philosophy in the Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
Discourse on the Love of our Country 1789
A famous sermon welcoming the French Revolution.