Thomas Cooper

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Cooper, Thomas


Born Oct. 22, 1759, in Westminster; died May 11, 1839, in Columbia, S.C. Anglo-American materialist philosopher, physician, chemist, economist, and political figure.

Cooper studied at Oxford and was a member of the Manchester Constitutional Society. During the French Revolution he visited France (1792), and in 1793 he emigrated to the USA with the family of his teacher and father-in-law, the English scholar and philosopher J. Priestley. He became a friend of T. Jefferson. He was appointed a judge and later taught chemistry and economics, serving as president of South Carolina College in Columbia from 1821 to 1833. In his philosophical works and anonymous antireligious pamphlets, Cooper advocated a materialist and atheist world view, denying the existence of a spiritual substance, the immortality of the soul, and the existence of free will and innate ideas. Cooper’s work on psychophysiology followed the trend initiated by the French materialists J. La Mettrie and P. Cabanis.


Tracts, Ethical, Theological and Political. Warrington, 1789.
Political Essays. Philadelphia, 1800.
A View of the Metaphysical and Physiological Arguments in Favor of Materialism. Philadelphia, 1823.
The Scripture Doctrine of Materialism. Philadelphia, 1823.
Lectures on the Elements of Political Economy. Columbia, 1826.
In Russian translation:
In Amerikanskie prosvetiteli, vol. 2. Moscow, 1969. Pages 325–408.


Gol’dberg, N. M. Svobodomyslie i ateizm v SShA. Moscow-Leningrad, 1965. Chapter 5.
Malone, D. The Public Life of Th. Cooper. New Haven-London, 1926.


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He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Beverly (Stone) Cooper Daoust of Charlton; three children, Christopher Daoust and his wife Maureen of Auburn, and their children, Matthew and Patrick, Michael Daoust and his wife Tove of Bonaire, GA, and their children, Turi and Danielle, and Aimee Goddard and her husband Bill of Leicester, and their son, Timothy; two step children, Thomas Cooper and his wife Cynthia of Hollis, NH, and their children, Benjamin and William, and Tammy Jo Cooper of Oxford; a brother, Rene Daoust and his wife Gail of Leicester; a sister, Denise Griney and her husband Steve of Gaithersburg, MD; and many nephews and nieces.