The " Science of Man in the Scottish Enlightenment

The " Science of Man in the Scottish Enlightenment : Hume, Reid and Their Contemporaries

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Nine leading scholars give new interpretations and perspectives on the Scottish Enlightenment and its key thinkers. Enlightenment thought was characterized by its extraordinary breadth in both the arts and the sciences, and an intellectual fascination for the role of man within his society - "the science of man". This book elucidates the writings of Hume, Reid and other 18th century scholars and sheds fresh light on both their ideas and the contexts within which they were writing. The "science of man" was remarkably broad in its concerns and this is reflected in the book, with chapters covering the 18th-century view of women, the "common people", language, modern aesthetics and more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 132.1 x 210.8 x 15.2mm | 226.8g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0748601465
  • 9780748601462

Table of contents

David Hume and the common people, Harvey Chisick; Hume on women's complexion, Annette C.Baier; Hume and the beginnings of modern aesthetics, Peter Jones; Hume on the natural history of philosophical consciousness, Donald Livingston; enthusiasm, fanaticism and David Hume; beyond impressions and ideas - Hume versus Reid, Keith Lehrer; Reid's contribution to "Hume's problem", Manfred Kuehn; "pray what language did your wild couple speak, when first they met?" - language and the science of man in the Scottish Enlightenment, Rudiger Schreyer; Boswell and the tensions of the Enlightenment, Thomas more