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Published:  01:06 AM, 08 August 2019

Francis Hutcheson

Francis Hutcheson

Francis Hutcheson  was an Ulster Scottish philosopher born in Ulster to a family of Scottish Presbyterians who became known as one of the founding fathers of the Scottish Enlightenment.

He is remembered for his book "A System of Moral Philosophy". Hutcheson was an important influence on the works of several significant Enlighten-ment thinkers, including David Hume and Adam Smith.

Facing suspicions about his "Irish" roots and his association with New Licht theologian John Simson (then under investigation by Scottish ecclesiastical courts), a ministry for him in Scotland was unlikely to be a success, so he returned to Ireland to pursue a career in academia. Francis Hutcheson spent time in Dublin, and died while on a visit to that city in 1746.

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