Benjamin Whichcote: Bibliography

(Written by Sarah Hutton, 1 November 2013; revised 2018)whichcote2

Primary Sources:

Printed Works (All Published Posthumously):

Theologoumena dogmata: or Some Select Notions of that Learned and Reverend Divine of the Church of England, Benj. Whitchcot, D.D. London: 1685.

‘A Sermon preached by Benjamin Whichcot, D.D.’, in anon., A Compendium of Devotion. London: 1697, pp. 99-106.

Select Sermons, ed. Anthony Ashley Cooper (Third Earl of Shaftesbury). London: 1698. 2nd edition 1721.

Several Discourses, ed. John Jeffery and Samuel Clarke, 4 vols. London: 1701-7. 2nd edition of volume 1 in 1702.

Moral and Religious Aphorisms, ed. John Jeffery. Norwich: 1703.

The True Notion of Peace in the Kingdom of Church of Christ, ed. John Jeffery. London: 1717.

Select Sermons, ed. Anthony Ashley Cooper (Third Earl of Shaftesbury) and William Wishart. 2 vols. Edinburgh: 1742. Republished in 1773.

The Works of the Learned Benjamin Whichcote, D.D. 4 vols. Aberdeen: 1751.

Moral and Religious Aphorisms . . . To which are added, EIGHT LETTERS: which passed between Dr. WHICHCOTE . . . and Dr. TUCKNEY, ed.  John Jeffery and Samuel Salter. London: 1753.



Patrides, C.A. (ed.), The Cambridge Platonists (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969)

Taliaferro, Charles, and Alison Teply (eds), Cambridge Platonist Spirituality (New York, Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press, 2004).




British Library Sloane MS 1710: Correspondence between Anthony Tuckney and Benjamin Whichcote, 1651.

British Library Sloane MS 2903: Correspondence between Anthony Tuckney and Benjamin Whichcote, 1651.

The National Archives PRO 30/24/24/16: Manuscripts sermons, with notes by Anthony Ashley Cooper (Third Earl of Shaftesbury)

The National Archives PRO 30/24/24/17: Manuscripts sermons, with notes by Anthony Ashley Cooper (Third Earl of Shaftesbury)



Bodleian Library, Tanner MS 44, fo. 256: Letter from Benjamin Whichcote Sr to Benjamin Whichcote Jr, 1672



Sheffield University Library, Hartlib MSS 32/4/1A-8B: 4 letters from Benjamin Whichcote to Samuel Hartlib, 1649 and 1661


Washington, D.C.:

Shakespeare Folger Library MS V.a.326: Benjamin Whichcote’s theological miscellany, c.1675, given to Charles Plumptre in 1758 by Samuel Whichcote (watchmaker), Benjamin Whichcote’s great-nephew




Secondary Sources:

Beiser, Frederick, The Sovereignty of Reason. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.

Gill, Michael B., ‘The Religious Rationalism of Benjamin Whichcote’, Journal of the History of Philosophy 37 (1999), pp. 271-300.

Greene, R.A., ‘Whichcote, the Candle of the Lord and Synderesis’, Journal of the History of Ideas (1991), pp. 617-44.

Herndon, Sarah, ‘Benjamin Whichcote, Cambridge Platonist’, Florida State University Studies, 11 (1953), pp. 99-116.

Roberts, J.D., From Puritanism to Platonism in Seventeenth-Century England. The Hague, 1968.

Westcott, B.F., ‘Benjamin Whichcot’ in A. Barry, Masters in English Theology (London, 1877).

De Pauley, W.C., The Candle of the Lord (London, 1937).

Schneewind, J.B., The Invention of Autonomy (Cambridge, 1998), pp. 196-9.

Tillotson, John., A Sermon preached at the funeral of the Reverend Benjamin Whichcot, DD, and Minister of S. Lawrence Jewry, London, May 24th 1683. London: 1683.

Worthington, John., The Diary and Correspondence of John Worthington, ed. J. Crossley and R.C. Christie. Manchester, Chetham Society Remains vols 13, 36 and 114 (1847, 1855, 1886).


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