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Anthony Collins, 1676–1729, English theologian; a friend of John Locke. He set forth the position of the deists and defended the cause of rational theology. His Discourse of Free Thinking (1713) was answered by many clergymen and was satirized by Jonathan Swift. His Philosophical Inquiry Concerning Human Liberty (1715) is an excellent presentation of the determinist position, the theory that all events are determined by prior causes.

See study by J. O'Higgins (1970).

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Collins, Anthony

Collins, Anthony (b Hastings, 1893; d Los Angeles, 1963). Eng. viola player and then conductor and composer. Prin. va. LSO and CG orch. Left orch. playing 1936 to become cond. Founded London Mozart Orch. Worked in USA 1936–45. Highly regarded as Sibelius interpreter. Comp. operas, 2 vn. concs., syms. for str., film mus. Orch. Schubert's Grand Duo.

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