Works of John Sergeant

This project is to make some of the philosophical works of John Sergeant (ad 1623–1707 or 1710) more readily available and easy for researchers to cite. The project consists of hosting a high quality presentation of the following texts:

  • The Method to Science (London, 1696).
  • Solid Philosophy Asserted, Against the Fancies of the Ideists: or, The Method to Science Farther Illustrated. With Reflexions on Mr. Locke’s Essay concerning Human Understanding (London, 1697)
  • Transnatural Philosophy, or Metaphysicks: Demonstrating the Essences and Operations of all Beings whatever, which gives the Principles to all other Sciences. And shewing the perfect Conformity of Christian Faith to Right Reason, and the Unreasonableness of Atheists, Deists, Anti-trinitarians, and other Sectaries. (London, 1700).

The goals of this project include removing all typographical errors from scanning, improve readability by changing archaic spelling (‘vnderstanding’ -> ‘understanding’), and ease of reference/citation in a manner similar to that afforded on sites such as,, and

In my edits, I have a mind toward text criticism, making variations only in a principled way (such principles to be described in the future) and in which such changes are documented (a revision history to establish provenance). As a matter of preview, my edits will be less extensive than, say, those of Jonathan Bennett (, who has made dozens of important Early Modern philosophical texts simpler to read, a boon especially to non-researchers (e.g., those in secondary and postsecondary education), but at the expense of introducing text critical concerns.

The texts I am making available was originally public-domain according to the CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0). Public Domain Dedication ( The text was originally retrieved from the University of Michigan’s database of Early English Books Online in conjunction with Text Creation Partnership: Ann Arbor, MI; Oxford (UK) :: Text Creation Partnership, 2003-01 (EEBO-TCP Phase 1).

For these respective sources, see: