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John Robison

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John Robison
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Born 4 February 1739(1739-02-04)
Boghall, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Died 30 January 1805 (65)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Alma mater University of Glasgow (M.A., 1756); Academy of New Jersey (Hon. LL.D., 1798); University of Glasgow (Hon. LL.D., 1799)
Field(s) Natural Philosophy
Known for Mechanical philosophy

John Robison (February 4, 1739 - January 30, 1805) was a Scottish mechanical philosopher who was variously employed on the Board of Longitude (1762), as a professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow (1766-1770), a mathematics instructor to the Naval Cadet Corps at Kronstadt, Russia (1770-1773), professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh (1773-), and General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1783-1798).

In his later years, Robison became a strident anti-Mason and conspiracy theorist, publishing a treatise entitled Proofs of a Conspiracy Against All the Religions and Governments of Europe, Carried on in Secret Meetings of Free Masons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies (Edinburgh, 1797).

Selected Bibliography

on Mechanical Philosophy

  • Robison, John (1781), Outlines of Mechanical Philosophy: Containing the Heads of a Course of Lectures, Edinburgh: William Creech 
  • Robison, John (1784), Outlines of a Course of Experimental Philosophy, Edinburgh: William Creech 
  • Robison, John (1803), Outlines of a Course of Lectures on Mechanical Philosophy, Edinburgh: J. Brown 
  • Robison, John (1804), Elements of Mechanical Philosophy: Being the Substance of a Course of Lectures on that Science, Archibald Constable 
  • Robison, John (1822), A System of Mechanical Philosophy, 2-4, Edinburgh: J. Murray 

on Conspiracy

  • Robison, John (1797), Proofs of a Conspiracy Against All the Religions and Governments of Europe, Carried on in Secret Meetings of Free Masons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies, Edinburgh