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Joseph Butler's Moral Philosophy

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[Revised entry by Aaron Garrett on February 18, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Joseph Butler is best known for his criticisms of the hedonic and egoistic "selfish" theories associated with Hobbes and Bernard Mandeville and for his positive arguments that self-love and conscience are not at odds if properly understood (and indeed promote and sanction the same actions). In addition to his importance as a moral philosopher Butler was also an influential Anglican theologian. Unsurprisingly his theology and philosophy were connected - his...

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