Historical Who is Who

BUTLER, Joseph

1692 - 1752


Known from his writings as a moral philosopher and theologian, he was a senior Anglican bishop. In his sermons he sets out a theory of morality which is a version of Virtue ethics – it is rooted in human nature in combination with individual conscience.  In The Analogy of Religion he argues that, provided it avoids appeals to irrationalty, the intelligibility of Christian revelation is no more demanding than that of the natural world.



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