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John Wynne

(1667—1743) bishop of Bath and Wells


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John Wynne was born at Maes y Coed, Flintshire in Wales and died at his estate in Northop on 15 July 1743. He matriculated at Jesus College, Oxford in 1682, graduated BA in 1685 and in the same year was elected a Fellow (MA, 1688; BD, 1696; DD, 1706). He was one of the earliest, if not the first, to teach John Locke's Essay concerning Human Understanding (1690) to Oxford undergraduates, much to the annoyance of the more conservative forces within the University. As a strong supporter of the Whigs he was already at odds with the dominant Tories. As an aid to his teaching he prepared an abridgement of Locke's work and in 1695 he wrote to Locke extolling the Essay and suggesting that an abridgement of the great work would much help the spread of Locke's ideas among those who found the original too demanding. He also told Locke that he would be happy to provide one if Locke would agree. The philosopher was clearly flattered by the proposal and agreed to publication. In 1696 An Abridgment of Mr. Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding duly appeared.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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