Joseph Priestley Bibliography

The rudiments of English grammar, adapted to the use of schools; with notes and observations, for the use of those who have made some proficiency in the language 1761
An expanded edition appeared in 1768.
A Course of Lectures on the Theory of Language and Universal Grammar 1762
The History and Present State of Electricity 1767
Essay on the First Principles of Government 1768
A work which proved influential for Jeremy Bentham and his followers because of its argument that “the happiness of the majority” should be the criterion by which government must be judged.
Institutes of natural and revealed religion 1772
Published in 3 volumes and includes criticism of Hume, Reid, Oswald and Beattie.
An examination of Dr. Reid?s Inquiry into the human mind on the principles of common sense: Dr. Beattie?s Essay on the nature and immutability of truth, and Dr. Oswald?s Appeal to common sense in behalf of religion 1774
Includes criticism of Reid, Beattie and Oswald with a discussion of their views on Hume.
Hartley’s Theory of the Human Mind 1775
Coleridge used this edition.
The doctrine of philosophical necessity illustrated; being an appendix to the Disquisitions relating to matter and spirit. To which is added an answer to the Letters on materialism, and on Hartley?s Theory of the mind 1777
Disquisitions relating to matter and spirit. To which is added, the history of the philosophical doctrine concerning the origin of the soul, and the nature of matter; with its influence on Christianity, especially with respect to the doctrine of the pre-existence of Christ 1777
Disquistion Relating to Matter and Spirit 1777
A Course of Lectures on Oratory and Criticism 1777
A Free Discussion of Doctrines of Materialism and Philosophical Necessity 1778
Co-authored with Richard Price, a discussion of doctrines Priestley held and Price rejected.
Letters to a Philosophical Unbeliever 1780
A German translation appeared in 1782.
A History of the Corruptions of Christainity 1782
A work that was officially burned in 1785.
Lectures on history, and general policy; to which is prefixed, An essay on a course of liberal education for civil and active life 1788
Letters to Burke: a Political Dialogue on the General Principles of Government 1791
Memoirs of Dr Joseph Priestley, Written on Himself 1795