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Butler, Joseph (1692–1752)

  1. James E. Bruce

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0207

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Bruce, J. E. 2011. Butler, Joseph (1692–1752). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Joseph Butler, a theologian, philosopher, and Anglican bishop, is best known for his work in natural theology and in ethics.


  • Butler, Joseph (1692–1752);
  • theologian, philosopher, Anglican bishop, on natural theology;
  • the analogy of religion, work of natural theology;
  • sermons, fifteen sermons preached at the rolls chapel;
  • Butler, of benevolence central to human nature, as self-interest