Vincent Perronet

(1693—1785) Church of England clergyman

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Vincent Perronet was born in London on 11 December 1693 and died at Shoreham, West Sussex on 9 May 1785. Educated at Queen's College, Oxford (BA, 1718) and Corpus Christi, Cambridge (MA, 1724), Perronet took holy orders and in 1728 was appointed vicar of Shoreham, where he remained until his death. Later Perronet became a Methodist and friend of the Wesleys. Most of his works are tracts on religious matters, but in the second half of the 1730s, before becoming a Methodist, Perronet wrote and published on philosophical issues per se. His books which date from that period are A Vindication of Mr. Locke, from the Charge of giving Encouragement to Scepticism and Infidelity (1736), A Second Vindication of Mr. Locke (1738) and Some Enquiries, chiefly relating to Spiritual Beings (1740). The first Vindication is mainly directed against Peter Browne's critique of Locke, the Second Vindication deals with Bishop Butler's charge of circularity against Locke's theory of personal identity and with Andrew Baxter's and Isaac Watts's critical comments on Locke. Some Enquiries is an attack on Hobbesian materialism.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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