Dr. Richard Price
Richard Price, 1723-1791, a Welsh dissenting preacher and moral
Price was a friend of Mary Wollstonecraft and Benjamin Franklin. His most important
philosophical work is A Review of the Principle Questions in
Morals (1758), in
which he argued (against Francis Hutcheson and David Hume) that morality is an inherent
characteristic of actions, and that it good and evil could be
distinguished entirely by reason, without the help of any "moral
sense" or appeal to sentiment.
Price took the American side against the British in his
Observations on Civil Liberty and the War with America (1776). In 1791 he was one of the
founding members of the Unitarian Society.