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By Roger L. Emerson

The Scottish Enlightenment was once a interval of feverish highbrow and clinical growth, in a rustic formerly thought of to be marginal to the ecu highbrow scene. but the enlightenment used to be now not approximately politeness or civic humanism, yet whatever extra easy - the making of a society that can compete in each manner in a quickly altering global. in the course of a occupation spanning nearly part a century, Professor Roger L. Emerson has studied the highbrow, social and clinical background of the eighteenth century. during this quantity, Professor Emerson offers formerly unpublished fabric at the Scottish enlightenment, environment it inside of its eu context and especially contemplating the grass roots reports of Scots. This provocative quantity offers an invaluable chance to step again and re-examine the Scottish Enlightenment in its broader context and to contemplate what new instructions this box of research could take.

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T he only distinctive English element in their teaching was the attention paid to N ewton by the mathematicians and natural philosophers. L ocke and S haftesbury’s time had not quite come. Outside Edinburgh, Dutch influences on education in the arts courses was a bit less pronounced but still strong. Presbyterian G lasgow was more Dutch than 36 ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� T he statements about the professors are based upon my researches into the nature of the S cottish professoriate.

It was more concerned with the need to prepare young men to leave the country to make their way in a world where their principal assets would be what they knew and could do. T he S cottish Enlightenment was not principally about politeness or civic humanism but something more basic, the remaking of a society so that it could produce men able to compete in every way in a rapidly changing world. T he ideas which made that possible everywhere were the ideas of the enlightened and included more freedom of expression and tolerance.

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