The Works of Bishop Butler

The Works of Bishop Butler

Edited by David E. White


University of Rochester Press



The complete works of Joseph Butler, newly edited, with an introduction, notes, glossary, and an analytic index.
This edition of Bishop Joseph Butler's (1692-1752) complete works is the first newly edited version to appear in a century, and is the only one to include a single, analytic index to the whole works. The editor's introduction presents Butler's ethics and philosophy of religion as a single, comprehensive system of pastoral philosophy and surveys the vast influence Butler exerted, especially in the nineteenth century.

Included here are all fifteen published sermons from Butler's tenure as Preacher at the Rolls Chapel, the only sermons in English routinely studied by secular ethicists to this day; six additional sermons on the great public institutions; his Charge to the Clergy at Durham, controversial in its day for its defense of external religion; his youthful letters sent anonymously to Samuel Clarke, and the complete text of his Analogy of Religion, an apologetic tour de force, including the famous introduction on probability as the guide to life, the analogical defense of immortality, free will and the moral order of nature, as well as his famous rebuttal of deism and his dissertations on virtue and on personal identify.
Butler's work is among the monuments of classical Anglican theology. He is a major source for work in ethical theory and philosophy of religion, as well as for the background of Victorian literature.

David E. White teaches philosophy at St. John Fisher College and is an officer in the New York State Philosophical Association.


September 2006
436 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in Philosophy
ISBN: 9781580462105
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BISAC PHI000000, REL003000, REL067070
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Table of Contents

Correspondence with Samuel Clarke
Fifteen Sermons Preached at the Rolls Chapel
The Analogy of Religion, Natural and Revealed, to the Constitution and Course of Nature
Six Sermons Preached upon Public Occasions
The Durham Charge


Butler was a major moralist, a philosopher of religion second only to Hume, and a great churchman. It is more than a century since there has been a scholarly edition of his complete writings. Congratulations to the University of Rochester Press for giving us this fine one now, and to David White for editing it with such sympathy and care. --Terence Penelhum, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, University of Calgary.

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