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Atheism from the Reformation to the Enlightenment$
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Michael Hunter and David Wootton

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198227366

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198227366.001.0001

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Disclaimers as Offence Mechanisms in Charles Blount and John Toland

Disclaimers as Offence Mechanisms in Charles Blount and John Toland

(p.255) 9 Disclaimers as Offence Mechanisms in Charles Blount and John Toland
Atheism from the Reformation to the Enlightenment

David Berman

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the role of subterfuge in the writings of two notorious English free thinkers, Charles Blount and John Toland. It draws on Blount's and Toland's statements and on analogues to them to demonstrate the purpose and method of literary insinuation as a subversive technique. It asserts the significance of such texts that were intentionally written in bad faith and that were intended for an audience able to read between the lines. It makes use of the ideas of Sigmund Freud to suggest that such writers made a deliberate attempt to influence their less alert readers through negation.

Keywords:   Toland, Blount, Freud, literary insinuation, negation

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