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Church and University in the Scottish Enlightenment

The Moderate Literati of Edinburgh

Richard B. Sher

Edition: 2


A major contribution to the social history of ideas in the Scottish Enlightenment

This book is a major contribution to the social history of ideas. It brings to life the intellectual, moral and political milieu that fostered the Scottish Enlightenment in the second half of the 18th century. It examines the changing patterns of intellectual life amongst some of the greatest thinkers of the time.

This classic edition, and a 30th anniversary edition, brings a key Scottish history text back to life in a popular new series, affordable for students of 18th century Scottish history and of the European Enlightenment.

Key Features

  • Key title in Scottish Enlightenment history
  • New preface clarifies the book's argument, reviews its origins and updates the bibliographical essay
  • Takes a biographical approach to the history of ideas
  • Ground-breaking historiography of the Scottish Enlightenment


List of Illustrations
Notes on the Illustrations
Part I: The Makin of the Moderate Regime
1. Students, Ministers, Volunteers
2. The Moderate Revolution
3. The Institutionalization of Moderate Authority
Part II: Modernism and the Scottish Enlightenment
4. The Moderate Spirit and Style
5. The Teaching and Preachng of Moderate Morality
6. For the Glory of Scotland
7. The Tolerant Conservatives
8. The Passing of the Moderate Enlightenment

About the Author

Richard B. Sher is Distinguished Professor of History in the Federated History Department of New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, Newark. He is the author of The Enlightenment and the Book: Scottish Authors and Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and America (2006) and co-editor of The Glasgow Enlightenment (1995), Sociability and Society in Eighteenth-Century Scotland (1993), and Scotland and America in the Age of the Enlightenment (1990).

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