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A second vindication of Mr. Locke: wherein his sentiments relating to personal identity are cleared up from some mistakes of the Rev. Dr. Butler, in his dissertation on that subject : and the various objections raised against Mr. Locke, the learned by Vincent Perronet

A second vindication of Mr. Locke: wherein his sentiments relating to personal identity are cleared up from some mistakes of the Rev. Dr. Butler, in his dissertation on that subject : and the various objections raised against Mr. Locke,

the learned by Vincent Perronet

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In 1736 Perronet had published his first Vindication of Mr Locke defending Locke against the charge, levelled by Browne and others, of giving encouragement to sceptics and infidels. In the same year Butler published his famous Analogy ofMoreIn 1736 Perronet had published his first Vindication of Mr Locke defending Locke against the charge, levelled by Browne and others, of giving encouragement to sceptics and infidels. In the same year Butler published his famous Analogy of Religion, which contained, as an appendix, the Dissertation on Personal Identity. Here Butler makes the famous objection that memory presupposes personal identity and therefore cannot constitute it. In this second Vindication, Perronet replies to Butler, and to similar criticisms by Andrew Baxter and Isaac Watts. Perronet here shows himself to be one of the few thinkers of his age able to grasp and appreciate the radical nature of Lockes account, and the sheer irrelevance of the traditional metaphysical concept of substance to Lockes central concerns of personal responsibility and accountability. There is a new introduction to the book by John Yolton.