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Joseph Butler
  • Name: Joseph Butler
  • Born: 05/18/1692
  • Died: 06/16/1752 (60 years old)
  • Profession: theologian, apologist, philosopher (see below)

Joseph Butler (18 May 1692 – 16 June 1752) was an English bishop, theologian, apologist, and philosopher. He was born in Wantage in the English county of Berkshire (now Oxfordshire). He is known, among other things, for his critique of Deism, Thomas Hobbes’s egoism, and John Locke’s theory of personal identity. Butler influenced many philosophers and religious thinkers, including David Hume, Thomas Reid, Adam Smith, Henry Sidgwick, John Henry Newman, and C. D. Broad, and is widely considered “as one of the preeminent English moralists.” He also played an important, though under appreciated, role in the development of eighteenth-century economic discourse, greatly influencing the Dean of Gloucester and political economist Josiah Tucker.

School: Tewkesbury Academy, Oriel College, Oxford

Birth Place: Wantage, Berkshire, England

Death Place: Bath, Somerset, Great Britain

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