Church and University in the Scottish Enlightenment

Church and University in the Scottish Enlightenment : The Moderate Literati of Edinburgh

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This new paperback introduces the "moderate literati of Edinburgh", a group of five churchmen whose ideals and values permeated Enlightenment thought and profoundly influenced 18th century Scottish social history. It describes the collective lives and works of Hugh Blair, Alexander Carlyle, Adam Ferguson, John Home and William Robertson, and analyzes the relationship of the kirk with Enlightenment more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 148 x 226 x 24mm | 539.77g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • bibliography, index
  • 0748602305
  • 9780748602308

Table of contents

The problem of the Scottish Enlightenment. Part 1 The making of the Moderate regime: students, ministers, volunteers - points of biographical convergence, crisis and commitment (the '45); the Moderate revolution - patronage and politeness, from infidel philosophy to virtuous tagedy; the institutionalization of Moderate authority - positions of prestige, power and pecuniary gain, the Moderate regime, or "Dr Robertson's Administration". Part 2 Moderatism and the Scottish Enlightenment: the Moderate spirit and style - the enlightenment of the clerics, the religion of virtue and the virtue of religion; the teaching and preaching of Moderate morality - Christian Stoicism, or "Private Virtue", Whig-Presbyterian conservatism, or "Public Virtue"; for the glory of Scotland - the call to arms, the call of the Highland bard; the tolerant conservatives - "dangerous and unnatural rebellion", the cry of intolerance; the passing of the Moderate enlightenment - "ghosts...on their midnight tombs", the meaning of more