Butler, William Archer

Butler, William Archer M.A., was born at Annerville, Ireland, 1814, and brought up a Romanist. Convinced of the errors of Rome, he became a Protestant, and entered Trinity College, Dublin, where his eminent talents were so conspicuous that in 1837, when a professorship of Moral Philosophy was established, he was appointed to the chair. His lectures were greatly applauded, and his pulpit talents and zeal at the same time gave him great popularity. He died in 1848. After his death appeared Sermons, Devotional and Practical, with Memoir by Woodward (Dublin, 1849, 1850, 2 vols.; Phil. 2 vols. 12mo): — Letters on Development, in Reply to Newman (Dublin, 1850, 8vo; 2d ed. Cambridge, 1858, 8vo): — Lectures on History of Philosophy (Dublin and Cambridge, 1856, 2 vols. 8vo; Phil. 1857, 2 vols. 12mo). The sermons are among the best that have been printed in the last 30 years. On his work on Development, see London Review Oct. 1859.

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