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The Scottish Enlightenment: An Anthology
     

The Scottish Enlightenment: An Anthology

by Alexander Brodie
 

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The Scottish Enlightenment is one of the great achievements of European culture. In philosophy, law, economics, politics, linguistics, and the physical sciences, Scots were key players in changing the way the world was viewed; and this explosion of activity still reverberates. It was the age of David Hume, Thomas Reid, and Adam Smith, of Adam Ferguson, James

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The Scottish Enlightenment is one of the great achievements of European culture. In philosophy, law, economics, politics, linguistics, and the physical sciences, Scots were key players in changing the way the world was viewed; and this explosion of activity still reverberates. It was the age of David Hume, Thomas Reid, and Adam Smith, of Adam Ferguson, James Hutton, and Sir John Sinclair. In his authoritative introduction, Alexander Broadie emphasises not only the diversity of intellectual discussion taking place in this small country located on the outer edge of Europe, but also the European dimension of this Scottish movement. After the general introduction, the anthology is arranged thematically—Human Nature, Ethics, Aesthetics, Religion, Economics, Social Theory and Politics, Law, Historiography, Language, and Science. These sections gather together well-known and lesser-known writings of the time. Much of the material has not been reprinted since the 18th century. Those with an interest in the Scottish cultural tradition will find many things to hold their attention in this unique book.  Edited and Introduced by Alexander Broadie.

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"Provides generous extracts from key works and masterly brief introductions."  —Economist

"A major contribution to our literature and intellectual resources and I do not think it could be better done . . . For many people this book will become a companion for years or even a lifetime."  —Scotsman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780862417383
Publisher:
Canongate UK
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Series:
Canongate Scottish Classics Series
Pages:
840
Sales rank:
760,405
Product dimensions:
5.03(w) x 7.77(h) x 1.93(d)

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