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A History of Scottish Philosophy

Alexander Broadie

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Winner of the Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year 2009
Shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish Research Book of the Year 2009

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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

About the Author

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.


[A] magisterial study...Today's philosophers in Scottish universities should make a point of reading Broadie's wise and wonderful book. They cannot fail to learn from it.
- The Scotsman

Broadie’s book is impressive in many ways… Scottish philosophy … has been rich and sophisticated for some seven centuries – arguably one of the longest periods of relatively sustained investigations of any peoples in the world. Alexander Broadie is to be thanked for vividly reminding us of this remarkable achievement.

- Journal of Scottish Philosophy
This is an important and impressive book... The extent of his research and the depth of his erudition is impressive.
- Paul Henderson Scott, The Herald

A profound history by the recognised master in the field.

- Professor Ted Cowan, Professor of Scottish History, University of Glasgow
In the many histories of 'Scottish philosophy' nobody has previously covered its full seven centuries. Few, if anybody, could do so with the authority of Alexander Broadie. He is equally at home in medieval logic, post-Reformation humanism, the Scottish Enlightenment, the forgotten 19th-century eclecticism and the ignored 20th-century struggle between realism and idealism. A generous history of a national philosophical culture and an original contribution to that culture.
- Knud Haakonssen, Professor of Intellectual History, University of Sussex

The summaries of the different philosophical positions are lucid, balanced, and fair. They provide very useful introductions to the thought of the philosophers discussed in the book. Someone interested in the background of Hume and Reid and looking for a first orientation could do a lot worse than consulting this book.

- Manfred Kuehn, Boston University, Journal of the History of Philosophy

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