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Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Volume IMorals, Politics, Art, Religion$
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Aaron Garrett and James A. Harris

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560677.001.0001

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The World in Which the Scottish Enlightenment Took Shape

The World in Which the Scottish Enlightenment Took Shape

(p.16) 1 The World in Which the Scottish Enlightenment Took Shape
Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Volume I

Roger Emerson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a summary description both of the kind of country Scotland was around 1700 and of the opportunities, especially the intellectual opportunities, that it afforded its citizens. It emphasizes the distinctiveness of Scotland and of its institutions, and the consequent difficulty of seeing the Scottish Enlightenment as reducible to an extension of an English Enlightenment. It shows that at the turn of the eighteenth century, Holland was in important respects a greater influence on Scotland than England. Scots continued to study at Leiden in particular, and the textbooks used in Scottish universities, especially Edinburgh and Glasgow, tended to have a Dutch provenance. Holland also had a significant role in shaping the outlook of Scottish lawyers and medics until the middle of the century.

Keywords:   Scotland, eighteenth century, Scottish Enlightenment, Holland, Scottish lawyers

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