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01 September 2011
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The Tradition of Scottish Philosophy

A New Perspective on the Enlightenment
by Alexander Broadie - Find out more about the author

Many works on Scottish philosophy have concentrated on the Scottish Enlightenment, leading to a seriously distorted picture of Scottish intellectual history. A circle of Scottish philosophers, led by John Mair, gained Europe-wide appreciation for their work two and half centuries before that period, and their work had a major significance for Scottish culture. This study attempts to correct the bias in the history of Scottish thought by giving due attention to the earlier flowering of philosophy, as well as to the Enlightenment. Broadie looks at the evolution of philosophy from the beginning of the fifteenth century in Scotland. He relates ideas and concerns in philosophy before the Enlightenment to those which followed, revealing important similarities between the two. This is done in a highly accessible manner which makes these ideas available to the general reader.

Alexander Broadie holds degrees from the universities of Edinburgh, Oxford, Glasgow and Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand). He is Honorary Professorial Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Logic and Rhetoric at the University of Glasgow. Among his many books are The Circle of John Mair (1985), The Scottish Enlightenment (2001) and A History of Scottish Philosophy (Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year 2009).

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