The John Toland (1670-1722) Centenaries Web Project

John Toland, Irish-born rationalist philosopher
A new website dedicated to the life and work of the philosopher, John Toland (b. 1670), was launched recently. It forms the nucleus of a Centenaries Web Project that is being rolled out with a view to the impending 350th anniversary of Toland's birth, which will be observed on 30 November 2020 and the 300th anniversary of his death that follows less than two years later, in 2022.

John Toland was an Irish-born rationalist philosopher and freethinker of the early Enlightenment period. He made important contributions to the various fields of philosophy – in what today would be regarded as both the natural and social sciences. "If you would know more of him, search his writings," he wrote in a self-penned epitaph that appeared following his death.

The purpose of of this web-based project is to serve as a free, online resource and repository of knowledge pertaining to Toland, his writings, the times in which he lived and to the social movement that he, along with others, spearheaded and represented, with particular reference to the enduring legacy and effect.

John Toland: Ireland's Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar ... and Heretic by J.N. Duggan
The organisers particularly encourage anyone who has an interest in these anniversaries "to get in touch with us, to ensure that they are properly observed and accorded the respect that they are due. We will do our best (without fear or favour) to publicise events that are taking place, using networks and channels of communication within our reach."

John Toland (1670-1722) website is owned and managed by The Manuscript Publisher, an Irish-based publishing services provider who have published, or otherwise made available, several works by or relating to John Toland, including J.N. Duggan's short biography and critical appraisal, Ireland's Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar ... and Heretic (2010).

This, however, is presented simply as a 'by-the-way' and not intended as an advertisement or an endorsement. It is stressed that correspondence is welcome from all quarters and all walks of life, including authors, publishers, educationalists, historical societies, groups and individuals who might see some aspect of their own interest or remit reflected in this initiative.

People interested in this web project are invited to keep in touch. If you would know more, visit the website. You can also follow on Facebook and on Twitter.

John Toland (1670-1722) Centenaries Web Project