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Pa·ley

 (pā′lē), William Samuel 1901-1990.
American broadcasting executive who founded the Columbia Broadcasting System (1928).
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Paley

(ˈpeɪlɪ)
n
(Biography) William. 1743–1805, English theologian and utilitarian philosopher. His chief works are The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy (1785), Horae Paulinae (1790), A View of the Evidences of Christianity (1794), and Natural Theology (1802)
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Pa•ley

(ˈpeɪ li)

n.
William, 1743–1805, English philosopher.
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Paley, a common authority with many on moral questions, in his chapter on the "Duty of Submission to Civil Government," resolves all civil obligation into expediency; and he proceeds to say that "so long as the interest of the whole society requires it, that is, so long as the established government cannot be resisted or changed without public inconveniency, it is the will of God...
In their practice, nations agree with Paley; but does any one think that Massachusetts does exactly what is right at the present crisis?
Paley, our success is due solely to our brilliant play."
Paley was heard to explain, as if to justify her seizure of Susan, who got up and proceeded to wheel the chair to the door.
Paley, a common authority with many on moral questions, in his chapter on the "Duty of Submission to Civil Government," resolves all civil obligation into expediency; and he proceeds to say that "so long as the interest of the whole society requires it, that it, so long as the established government cannot be resisted or changed without public inconveniencey, it is the will of God.
In their practice, nations agree with Paley; but does anyone think that Massachusetts does exactly what is right at the present crisis?
"What a change has come over our pulpits," Arthur remarked, "since the time when Paley gave that utterly selfish definition of virtue,
No organ will be formed, as Paley has remarked, for the purpose of causing pain or for doing an injury to its possessor.
"I can prove beyond the power of refutation," the naturalist eagerly exclaimed, "by Paley, Berkeley, ay, even by the immortal Binkerschoek, that a compactum, concluded while one of the parties, be it a state or be it an individual, is in durance--"
The great distinction between teachers sacred or literary,--between poets like Herbert, and poets like Pope,--between philosophers like Spinoza, Kant and Coleridge, and philosophers like Locke, Paley, Mackintosh and Stewart,--between men of the world who are reckoned accomplished talkers, and here and there a fervent mystic, prophesying half insane under the infinitude of his thought,--is that one class speak from within, or from experience, as parties and possessors of the fact; and the other class from without, as spectators merely, or perhaps as acquainted with the fact on the evidence of third persons.
This photo, which could be 20-30-plus years old, is one my dad (Jack Paley) took when we visited Newcastle.
Michelle Chapinwas elected a shareholder andJessica Summerswas named a principal with Paley Rothman.