This book is unique in that it provides the first-ever substantial account of the seven-centuries-old Scottish philosophical tradition. The book focuses on a number of philosophers in the period from the later-thirteenth century until the mid- twentieth and attends especially to some brilliantly original texts. The book also indicates ways in which philosophy has been intimately related to other aspects of Scotland's culture. Among the greatest philosophers that Scotland has produced are John Duns Scotus, Francis Hutcheson, David Hume, Adam Smith and Thomas Reid. But there were many other fine, even brilliant philosophers who are less highly regarded, if they are noticed at all, such as John Mair, George Lokert, Frederick Ferrier, Andrew Seth, Norman Kemp Smith and John Macmurray. All these thinkers and many others are discussed in these pages. This clearly written and approachable book gives us a strong sense of the Scottish philosophical tradition.
Alexander Broadie is Professor of Logic and Rhetoric at the University of Glasgow. He is a leading historian of medieval and early modern logic as well as a specialist on the philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment.
Contents; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. John Duns Scotus; 3. The fifteenth century; 4. The Circle of John Mair; 5. Humanism and after; 6. Scotland moves into the Age of Enlightenment; 7. David Hume; 8. Adam Smith; 9. The Scottish school of common sense philosophy; 10. The nineteenth century: Ferrier to Seth; 11. Realism and idealism: Some twentieth-century narratives; 12. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.