Authorised form of nameGlanvill; Joseph (1636 - 1680); clergyman
Other forms of surnameGlanville
Dates1636 - 1680
Place of birthPlymouth, Devon, England, Europe
Date of birth1636
Place of deathBath, Somerset, England, Europe
Date of death4 November 1680
Dates and placesBurial:
The Abbey Church, Bath, Somerset, England, Europe (9 November 1680)
OccupationClergyman, Church of England
Research fieldTheology
History of science
Exeter College, Oxford (matriculated 1652, BA 1656); Lincoln College Oxford (MA 1658)
Chaplain to Francis Rous, Provost of Eton (1659); Rector of Wimbish, Essex (1660); Vicar of Frome Selwood, Somerset (1662-1672); Rector of Bath, Somerset (1666); Rector of Street and Walton, Somerset (1672); Chaplain in ordinary to Charles II (1672); Prebendary of Worcester (1678)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election14/12/1664
ProposerWilliam Brereton
Other Royal Society activityDedicated his work 'Scepsis scientifica' to the Society (1664); He was proposed on 7 December 1664, the same day this book was presented; Contributed papers on mines to the 'Philosophical Transactions' (1668); His work 'Plus ultra' (1668) is regarded as a supplement to Thomas Sprat's 'History of the Royal Society' (1667) as an overview of the history of science
RelationshipsParents: Nicholas Glanville and Joan Glanville
Married: 1) Mary Stocker; 2) Margaret Selwyn
Children: Sophia Glanvill; Henry Glanvill; Mary Glanvill; Charles Glanvill
Published worksRCN: 41045
RCN: 41046
RCN: 41043
RCN: 41047
RCN: 41042
General contextAlthough Glanvill grew up in a strict Puritan household, he was increasingly displeased with these ideas. He was a vocal critic of Aristotelianism, demonstrated in his first published work 'The Vanity of Dogmatizing' (1661). This text as well as later publications were heavily influenced by Glanvill's interest in philosophical scepticism, ancient Greek philosophy, and the writings of Henry More (FRS 1663). His works in defense of the Royal Society's philosophy saw him engaged in a 'pamphlet war' together with Thomas Sprat (FRS 1664) against Henry Stubbe. Glanvill also published works on witchcraft.
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Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Foster; Hunter; ODNB
The Editor (Sir Harold Hartley), 'Epilogue' in NR 1960 vol 15 pp 259-264
George Watson, 'Dryden and the Scientific Image' in NR 1963 vol 18 pp 25-35
Michael Hunter, 'The Social Bias and Changing Fortunes of an Early Scientific Institution: An Analysis of the Membership of the Royal Society, 1660-1685' in NR 1976-7 vol 31 pp 9-114
Katherine Hill, 'Neither Ancient nor Modern: Wallis and Barrow on the Composition of Continua. Part Two: The Seventeenth-Century Context: The Struggle Between Ancient and Modern' in NR 1997 vol 51 pp 13-22
DNB gives Glanvill's second wife's name as Margaret Selwyn, although some sources have Browning. Foster gives only one marriage Margaret Browning in 1679.
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA8231
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/O1/125Letter, from Henry Oldenburg to Mr [Joseph] Glanvill10 July 1669
IM/001674Glanvill, Josephnd
LBO/3/62Copy letter of thanks from Henry Oldenburg, London, to Joseph Glanvil10 July 1669
MS/390/11Bond of Joseph Glanvill to the Treasurer of the Royal Society16 March 1674
EL/G1/17Letter, from Joseph Glanvill to Henry Oldenburg1669
EL/P1/54Letter, from Andrew Paschall to Joseph Glanvill17 January 1670
EL/G1/12Letter, from Joseph Glanvill to Henry Oldenburg18 September 1668
EL/P1/53Copy of a letter, from Andrew Paschall to Joseph Glanvill, dated at Chedsey18 June 1669
EL/G1/15Letter, from Joseph Glanvill to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Bath19 July 1669
EL/G1/18Letter, from Joseph Glanvill to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Froome17 November 1669
EL/G1/19Letter, from Joseph Glanvill to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Froome25 January 1670
EL/O1/78Letter, from Henry Oldenburg to [Joseph] Glanvill3 October 1668
EL/G1/16Letter, from Joseph Glanvill to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Froome15 August 1669
EL/O1/83Letter, from Henry Oldenburg to [Joseph] Glanvill, dated at London27 October 1668
EL/O2/7Letter, from Henry Oldenburg to [Joseph] Glanvill, dated at London24 July 1669
RBO/4/3'Additional Answers to the printed Quaeries of Mines' by Joseph Glanvill22 October 1668
EL/G1/13Letter, from Joseph Glanvill to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Froome15 September 1668
EL/G1/14Letter, from Joseph Glanvill to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Bath16 June 1669
EL/G1/20Letter, from Joseph Glanvill to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Froome31 January 1670
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