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Dresden, Edmond (died 1903), atheist. British philanthropist. No details are available about him, but at his death he left his entire fortune, apart from bequests to servants, of about $1,700,000 to hospitals and the National Lifeboat Institution. " Dumas, Alexandre, the Younger (1824-1895) French Novelist and dramatist. The elder and more famous Dumas died a Catholic. The younger, his bastard, became a Deist with severe ideals, as P. Bourget describes in his Nouveaux Essais (pp. 64-78). He earned a reputation by his novels and dramas which only suffers a little by the inevitable comparison with those of his father.
A moderate revolutionary, raised to the nobility by Napoleon and greatly respected even under the restored royalty. He was a friend of Condillac and like him a materialist in psychology. An enthusiastic reader of Voltaire until he died. com 33 A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF ANCIENT, MEDIEVAL, AND MODERN FREETHINKERS Dewey, Professor John, Ph. , (1859-1952), the leading American thinker, educationist, and social idealist. " (p. 15) In recent years he has advised a new sort of theistic formula: not that God is an objective reality but the relation of man to the ideal.
If he meand that it was just a way of evading the deadly charge of atheism it is probably true. See my sketch of Epicurus in the Hundred Men Who Moved the World . C. onward, and it led to the greatest development of social idealism until modern times. Erasmus, Desiderius (1466-1536), the leading scholar and greatest freethinker of his time. Probably the bastard of a Dutch priest and his niece, he became a priest and monk and so richly developed his gift for satire . His wit and learning won him the highest recognition all over Europe, and for a time he taught Greek at Oxford University.
A Biographical Dictionary of Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Freethinkers by Joseph McCabe