Scottish Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century

Scottish Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century

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During the seventeenth century Scots produced many high quality philosophical writings, writings that were very much part of a wider European philosophical discourse. Yet today Scottish philosophy of the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries is widely studied, but that of the seventeenth century is only now beginning to receive the attention it deserves. This volume begins by placing the seventeenth-century Scottish philosophy in its political and religious contexts,
and then investigates the writings of the philosophers in the areas of logic, metaphysics, politics, ethics, law, and religion. It is demonstrated that in a variety of ways the Scottish Reformation impacted on the teaching of philosophy in the Scottish universities. It is also shown that until the
second half of the century-and the arrival of Descartes on the Scottish philosophy curriculum-the Scots were teaching and developing a form of Reformed orthodox scholastic philosophy, a philosophy that shared many features with the scholastic Catholic philosophy of the medieval period. By the early eighteenth century Scotland was well placed to give rise to the spectacular Enlightenment that then followed, and to do so in large measure on the basis of its own well-established intellectual
resources. Among the many thinkers discussed are Reformed orthodox, Episcopalian, and Catholics philosophers including George Robertson, George Middleton, John Boyd, Robert Baron, Mark Duncan, Samuel Rutherford, James Dundas (first Lord Arniston), George Mackenzie, James Dalrymple (Viscount Stair), and
William Chalmers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 159 x 241 x 19mm | 516g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198769849
  • 9780198769842

Table of contents

1: Alexander Broadie: Seventeenth-Century Scottish Philosophy: An Overview
2: David Allan: 'For the Advancement of Religion and Learning': University and Society in Seventeenth-Century Scotland
3: Steven J. Reid: On the Edge of Reason: The Scottish Universities Between Reformation and Enlightenment, 1560-1660
4: Marie-Claude Tucker: Scottish Philosophy Teachers at the French Protestant Academies c.1580-1680
5: Thomas Ahnert and Martha McGill: The European Republic of Letters and the Philosophy Curriculum in Scotland's Universities Around 1700
6: Giovanni Gellera: Reformed Scholasticism in Its Relation to Seventeenth-Century Scottish philosophy
7: Giovanni Gellera: Logic and Epistemology in Seventeenth-Century Scotland
8: Alexander Broadie: Robert Baron's Metaphysica Generalis on the Nature of Judgment
9: Laurent Jaffro: James Dalrymple, Viscount Stair, on Legal Normativity
10: Alexander Broadie: James Dundas, First Lord Arniston, and His Idea of Moral Philosophy
11: Christian Maurer: Human Nature, the Passions and the Fall: Themes from Seventeenth-Century Scottish Moral Philosophy and the Philosophy of Religion
12: Alexander Broadie: William Chalmers (Gulielmus Camerarius): A Scottish Catholic Voice on the Best and the Worst
13: Simon Burton: The Scholastic and Conciliar Roots of Samuel Rutherford's Political Philosophy: The Influence of Jean Gerson, Jacques Almain, and John Mair
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About Alexander Broadie

Alexander Broadie is an honorary professorial research fellow at the University of Glasgow and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was Principal Investigator of the Leverhulme International Network Project '17th century Scottish philosophy' (2010-2014). In 2018 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society. His publications include A History of Scottish Philosophy (Edinburgh 2009), Agreeable
Connexions: Scottish Enlightenment Links with France (Birlinn 2012), History of Universities, Volume XXIX/2 (Oxford 2017), and The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment (Cambridge 2019).
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