Scottish Philosophy in Its National Development

Scottish Philosophy in Its National Development

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"The history of Scottish philosophy begins, curiously enough, with an Irishman"-Hutcheson, whose grandfather, however, had migrated to Ulster from Ayrshire. Prof. Laurie, who has evidently come across Dr. W. R. Scott's excellent monograph on Hutcheson, does not handle the question raised by Dr. Scott as to what the "Scottish Philosophy," or the "Scottish School," precisely means. He speaks, however, of "the philosophy of Scotland " and of "the course of philosophy in Scotland," and he follows the line of " national development," apparently without any dread of a charge of provincialism. We daresay the blood of the race was always well charged with corpuscles of speculation and argumentation; and Prof. Laurie, in his introduction, does refer to Duns Scotus and other Scottish doctors that were skilful in splitting hairs in scholastic philosophy, and admits that "the national genius was peculiarly favourable to philosophy and theology." However, there are good reasons enough for beginning with Hutcheson, and reviewing the more prominent teachers of philosophy, in the Universities or through the press, in Scotland, being Scotsmen, down to Ferrier. And, reasons or no reasons, Prof. Laurie justifies his work by his careful and able account of the individual philosophers and his correlation of then various achievements and tendencies. He keeps his eye on the "national " development, but he recognizes freely that the philosophy of Scotland "bore the impress of the methods which had been prescribed by Bacon, by Newton, and by Locke." He notes the psychological cast of Scottish speculation, but properly discerns that " the most deeply cherished aims of these thinker> were philosophical rather than psychological," and it is on this aspect of their thought that he concentrates attention, leaving aside their psychology wherever it is not inextricably intertwined with their philosophy. He claims justly, and demonstrates, that "the philosophy of Scotland is memorable for the impulse which it has given to modern thought." The volume is pleasantly and lucidly written, and the criticism is not so technical as to discourage the general reader. It is a very useful and suggestive work. -The Education Outlook, Vol. 55 [1902]show more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 598.74g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514628902
  • 9781514628904