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The Life of David Hume$
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Ernest C. Mossner

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243365.001.0001

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Student Days at Edinburgh

Student Days at Edinburgh

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(p.35) Chapter 4 Student Days at Edinburgh
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The Life of David Hume
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Ernest Campbell Mossner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243365.003.0004

When Joseph Home went to Edinburgh University in 1697, he matriculated under John Row. Under the system of rotating regents, this meant that, during his entire stay, he was conducted by that distinguished Hebrew scholar through the classes of Greek, logic, natural philosophy, and moral philosophy. In 1708, however, under the far-seeing leadership of that distinguished Scottish churchman and Whig statesman, Principal William Carstares, and undoubtedly from the examples set by the Dutch universities of Leyden and Utrecht, Edinburgh adopted the system of specialisation, each subject being thenceforth taught by a professor. In any event, like their father, John Home and David Hume did not take degrees. The brothers signed the Matriculation Book on the page set aside for William Scot, the Professor of Greek.

Keywords:   Joseph Home, Edinburgh University, John Row, rotating regents, logic, philosophy, William Carstares, specialisation, John Home, David Hume

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