The Social Theory of the Scottish Enlightenment

The Social Theory of the Scottish Enlightenment

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David Hume, Adam Smith, William Robertson, Adam Ferguson, Lord Kames, John Millar, James Dunbar and Gilbert Stuart were at the heart of Scottish Enlightenment thought. This introductory survey offers the student a clear, accessible interpretation and synthesis of the social thought of these historically significant thinkers. Organised thematically, it takes the student through their accounts of social institutions, their critique of individualism, their methodology, their views of progress and of moral and cultural values. By taking human sociality as their premise, the book shows how they produced important analyses of historical change, politics and morality, together with an assessment of their own commercial society.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 18mm | 322.05g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748608648
  • 9780748608645

Table of contents

The Enlightenment and Scotland; society and the critique of individualism; science, explanation and history; social diversity; social history; commercial history; social values; reading the Scottish enlightenment.show more

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A very useful and well written volume. I learned much from reading it, and so will students and experts alike, I am sure. -- Duncan Ivison, University of York A very useful and well written volume. I learned much from reading it, and so will students and experts alike, I am sure.show more

About Christopher J. Berry

Christopher Berry is Professor of Political Theory and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law, Business and Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He is a leading international scholar of the Scottish Enlightenment and has written extensively on David Hume and Adam Smith.show more

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