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George Berkeley (1685–1753) by John Smibert, 1730 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Berkeley, George (1685–1753), Church of Ireland bishop of Cloyne and philosopher, was born at or near Kilkenny on 12 March 1685. His father, William Berkeley (d. in or after 1734), who later held a military commission, was a gentleman farmer descended from a ...

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Butler, William Archer (1814?–1848), philosopher, was born of an old and respectable family at Annerville, near Clonmel, co. Tipperary. His father was a member of the established church of Ireland, his mother a Roman Catholic. Through her influence the boy was baptized and educated as a member of the church to which she belonged. While ...

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William Molyneux (1656–1698) attrib. Sir Godfrey Kneller, c. 1696 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Molyneux, William (1656–1698), experimental philosopher and constitutional writer, was born in Dublin, near Ormond Gate, on 17 April 1656, the second of five children of Samuel Molyneux (1616–1693), lawyer and landowner, and his wife, Anne, née Dowdall. His great-grandfather Thomas Molyneux (1531–1597) came from the English colony in ...

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Anna Wheeler (1785?–184850) by Maxim Gauci, pubd 1825 (after J. Porter) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wheeler [née Doyle], Anna (1785?–1848), philosopher, born in co. Tipperary, Ireland, was the daughter of Anna Dunbar and her husband, Nicholas Milley Doyle, a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and prebendary of Fennor parish in co. Tipperary. She did not have a formal education but learned French, geography, and skills of repartee from foreign dignitaries visiting her military relatives and gained political insights from her godfather, ...

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White, Alan Richard (1922–1992), philosopher, was born on 9 October 1922 in Toronto, Canada, the elder of the two children of George Albert White (1888–1940), estate agent, and his wife, Jean Gabriel, née Kingston (1888–1957), a children's buyer. His father, a protestant from ...