Politics and Society in Scottish Thought

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This volume illustrates the way political and social philosophers of 18th-century Scotland tried to answer the following question: ‘What is, and what ought to be, the relationship between the modern market and stable, desirable social order?’ The essays belong to the second half of the century and offer a snapshot of the achievements of Scots on political and social philosophy.The Scottish Enlightenment witnessed the birth of modern social sciences. Its moral philosophers attempted to harmonize a modern market ...
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Overview

This volume illustrates the way political and social philosophers of 18th-century Scotland tried to answer the following question: ‘What is, and what ought to be, the relationship between the modern market and stable, desirable social order?’ The essays belong to the second half of the century and offer a snapshot of the achievements of Scots on political and social philosophy.The Scottish Enlightenment witnessed the birth of modern social sciences. Its moral philosophers attempted to harmonize a modern market economy with ethics, social order, stable polity and the moral progress of the human race. Their very diversity, and the thoroughness and sincerity of their endeavours, make the works of Scottish philosophers relevant to peoples’ lives on every part of the earth in an age of globalization.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780907845782
  • Publisher: Imprint Academic
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Library of Scottish Philosophy Series , #7
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents


Series Editor's Note     iv
Introduction     1
The Discovery of Modern Market Society
David Hume (1711-1776)
Of the Original Contract (1748)     29
Of Refinement in the Arts (1752)     43
Adam Smith (1723-1790)
Lectures on Jurisprudence (1766)     53
Governing the Market
James Steuart (1712-1780)
An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Economy (1767)     83
Adam Ferguson (1723-1816)
An Essay on the History of Civil Society (1767)     107
Utopian Imagination and Radical Reforms
Robert Wallace (1697-1771)
Various Prospects on Mankind, Nature and Providence (1761)     133
William Ogilvie (1736-1819)
An Essay on the Right of Property in Land (1782)     162
Thomas Reid (1710-1796)
Some Thoughts on the Utopian System (1794)     179
Bibliography     201
Index     203
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