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Happy Birthday Joseph Butler

May 18, 2017



Years and years and years and years ago, when I was constructing my PhD thesis, I devoted an entire first chapter to Joseph Butler (1692-1752).  The relevance of Butler to my overall thesis was probably a bit of a stretch even at the time.  I sort of didn’t care  – I just wanted to write about him.

Most students these days these days reference the philosophy of J. Butler in most of their essays.   Just not my J. Butler.

Although both Butlers were (are) committed to interrogating identity politics.

Even as a post-grad, I had some trouble joining up Butler with Cowper.  And when it cam to publishing my Cowper book, Butler pretty much bit the dust altogether.  In the decades since then, I’ve never managed to reapply Butler or publish anything about him.  Butler is on a back burner so far back he’s in a different kitchen altogether.

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