The Scottish Enlightenment

November 2000
14 black and white illustrations
412 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in Philosophy
ISBN: 9781580460651
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC HIS015000, HIS049000, PHI016000

The Scottish Enlightenment

Essays in Reinterpretation

Edited by Paul Wood

A collection of essays dealing with the history of the Scottish Enlightenment, its connection with the European Enlightenment in general, such major figures as Francis Hutcheson, Thomas Reid, and David Hume, and the making of the Scottish identity.
A collection of ten specially commissioned essays addressing five themes central to any study of the Scottish Enlightenment: one, the place [both physical and cognitive] of science and medicine in the Scottish Enlightenment; two, the institutionalization of enlightenment in the universities; three, the cultivation of the different branches of "the science of man" in the Scottish Enlightenment; four, the national and international contexts of enlightenment thought in Scotland; and five, the historiography of the Scottish Enlightenment.
Taking up these themes, the editor and contributors explore facets of enlightened culture in Scotland which have not been given their due in the literature, and reassess current interpretations of various aspects of the Scottish Enlightenment specifically and its relation to the European Enlightenment in general. Special emphasis is given to such major Scottish thinkers as Francis Hutcheson, George Campbell, Thomas Reid, and David Hume.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Dugald Stewart and the Invention of "the Scottish Enlightenment" - Paul Wood
The Scottish Contribution to the Enlightenment - John Robertson
Toward a Historical Geography of Enlightenment in Scotland - Charles Withers
Science and Medicine in the Scottish Enlightenment: The Lessons of Book History - Richard Sher
"A Scotsman on the Make": The Career of Alexander Stuart - Anita Guerrini
Materialism and the Life Soul in Eighteenth-Century Scottish Physiology - John Wright
The Infirmary of the Glasgow Town's Hospital: Patient Care, 1733-1800 - Fiona Macdonald
Hutcheson's Theodicy: The Argument and the Contexts of [I]A System of Moral Philosophy[/I] - James Moore
The Dating of Hume's Manuscripts Appendix to Figures - M. A. Stewart
Rude Religion: The Psychology of Polytheism in the Scottish Enlightenment - Christopher Berry
The Natural Theology of Lord Kames - Ian Ross
George Campbell, Thomas Reid, and Universals of Language - Alexander Broadie


A rich volume. . . historiographically sophisticated and generous. . .This is mandatory starting point for anyone embarking on Scottish Enlightenment studies. BULLETIN FOR THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE

Splendid collection, an appropriate testament to the richness of Emerson's scholarship. It offers a set of essays that each stands on its own but when taken together provide a superb exposition of leading themes in the study of the Scottish Enlightenment over the past few decades. 18C SCOTLAND

Handsome collection of essays. . . an excellent choice for a course on the Scottish Enlightenment. . . explores many of the issues that inform current historiography. SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE

[A] fine collection of essays. MEDICAL HISTORY, July 2003, 47 [3]

. . . Wide-ranging and authoritative essays. . . His readings form an important contribution to the history of the novel, narrative theory, and the gender of writing. ASSOCIATION FOR SCOTTISH LITERARY STUDIES

Focuses on the role of medicine in the Scottish Enlightenment. . . what emerges from these essays is a sense that eighteenth-century medicine was at an intersection between science and philosophy, and that training in it was an important part of how the Scottish Enlightenment travelled out of Scotland. YEAR'S WORK IN ENGLISH STUDIES

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