A History of Scottish Philosophy

A History of Scottish Philosophy

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This book is unique in that it provides the first-ever substantial account of the seven-centuries-old Scottish philosophical tradition. The book focuses on a number of philosophers in the period from the later-thirteenth century until the mid- twentieth and attends especially to some brilliantly original texts. The book also indicates ways in which philosophy has been intimately related to other aspects of Scotland's culture. Among the greatest philosophers that Scotland has produced are John Duns Scotus, Francis Hutcheson, David Hume, Adam Smith and Thomas Reid. But there were many other fine, even brilliant philosophers who are less highly regarded, if they are noticed at all, such as John Mair, George Lokert, Frederick Ferrier, Andrew Seth, Norman Kemp Smith and John Macmurray. All these thinkers and many others are discussed in these pages. This clearly written and approachable book gives us a strong sense of the Scottish philosophical tradition.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 32mm | 662.24g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748616276
  • 9780748616275

About Alexander Broadie

Alexander Broadie is Professor of Logic and Rhetoric at the University of Glasgow. He is a leading historian of medieval and early modern logic as well as a specialist on the philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment.show more

Table of contents

Contents; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. John Duns Scotus; 3. The fifteenth century; 4. The Circle of John Mair; 5. Humanism and after; 6. Scotland moves into the Age of Enlightenment; 7. David Hume; 8. Adam Smith; 9. The Scottish school of common sense philosophy; 10. The nineteenth century: Ferrier to Seth; 11. Realism and idealism: Some twentieth-century narratives; 12. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.show more

Review quote

In the many histories of 'Scottish philosophy' nobody has previously covered its full seven centuries. Few, if anybody, could do so with the authority of Alexander Broadie. He is equally at home in medieval logic, post-Reformation humanism, the Scottish Enlightenment, the forgotten 19th-century eclecticism and the ignored 20th-century struggle between realism and idealism. A generous history of a national philosophical culture and an original contribution to that culture. -- Knud Haakonssen, Professor of Intellectual History, University of Sussex ...it's fascinating to chart the history of Scotland's contribution to philosophy ... there is no sense of unevenness or disproportion in Broadie's meticulous work. Scottish Review of Books [A] magisterial study...Today's philosophers in Scottish universities should make a point of reading Broadie's wise and wonderful book. They cannot fail to learn from it. The Scotsman This is an important and impressive book... The extent of his research and the depth of his erudition is impressive. -- Paul Henderson Scott The Herald Broadie's book is impressive in many ways! Scottish philosophy ! has been rich and sophisticated for some seven centuries -- arguably one of the longest periods of relatively sustained investigations of any peoples in the world. Alexander Broadie is to be thanked for vividly reminding us of this remarkable achievement. Journal of Scottish Philosophyshow more