Richard Price (1901 words)

Richard Price was among the most important dissenting thinkers of the late eighteenth century. His contributions to understanding the mathematics of probability earned him a Fellowship in the Royal Society, and, when applied to mortality tables, considerably improved the calculation of the liabilities of life insurance companies, and hence their rise to institutional importance in modern societies. Price’s arguments in favour of rational divinity, religious toleration and political freedom and his support for the American rebels during the British-American War of Independence, were also to bring him to prominence in the political sphere.

Early Life

Richard Price was born on 23 February 1723 at Tyn-ton, …

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Clark, Robert. "Richard Price". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 August 2009
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