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Cambridge Companions to Philosophy : The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment - Alexander Broadie

Cambridge Companions to Philosophy

The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment

By: Alexander Broadie (Editor)


Published: 10th April 2003
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The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment offers a philosophical perspective on an eighteenth-century movement that has been profoundly influential on western culture. A distinguished team of contributors examines the writings of David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Reid, Adam Ferguson, Colin Maclaurin and other Scottish thinkers, in fields including philosophy, natural theology, economics, anthropology, natural science and law. In addition, the contributors relate the Scottish Enlightenment to its historical context and assess its impact and legacy in Europe, America and beyond. The result is a comprehensive and accessible volume that illuminates the richness, the intellectual variety and the underlying unity of this important movement. It will be of interest to a wide range of readers in philosophy, theology, literature and the history of ideas.

'... this valuable collection ...' Contemporary Review '... succeeds admirably in providing wide coverage of Scottish intellectual life from 1681 to 1795 ... the present volume will be useful to a wide variety of readers interested in the Enlightenment in Scotland.' Journal of Scottish Philosophy 'Historians of science will rejoice to find how well-written this book is ...' Ambix

List of contributors
Chronology of events relating to the Scottish Enlightenment
Introductionp. 1
The contexts of the Scottish Enlightenmentp. 9
Religion and rational theologyp. 31
The human mind and its powersp. 60
Anthropology: the 'original' of human naturep. 79
Science in the Scottish Enlightenmentp. 94
Scepticism and common sensep. 117
Moral sense and the foundations of moralsp. 136
The political theory of the Scottish Enlightenmentp. 157
Economic Theoryp. 178
Natural jurisprudence and the theory of justicep. 205
Legal theoryp. 222
Sociality and socialisationp. 243
Historiographyp. 258
Art and aesthetic theoryp. 280
The impact on Europep. 298
The impact on America: Scottish philosophy and the American foundingp. 316
The nineteenth-century aftermathp. 338
Select bibliographyp. 351
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780521802734
ISBN-10: 0521802733
Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 10th April 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.73