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A History of Scottish Philosophy$
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Alexander Broadie

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748616275

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616275.001.0001

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Humanism and After

Humanism and After

(p.87) Chapter 5 Humanism and After
A History of Scottish Philosophy

Alexander Broadie

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter addresses the developments in philosophy in Scotland after the heyday of the circle of John Mair, paying particular attention to the contrasts between that earlier period and its aftermath, and also illustrates some of the main players and the chief areas, usually areas of Aristotle's system, within which they operated. After discussing the publications made by William Cranston and Patrick Tod, it turns its attention to John Rutherford. Rutherford criticises Aristotle's logic for being often more difficult than useful, and for being hard to remember; and he refers several times to the importance of writing what the students can be expected to remember. Florentius Volusenus is a theologian no less than a philosopher. Robert Balfour's work is an excellent representative of philosophy in Renaissance Scotland, and consideration of its merits prompts the question of whether the Renaissance was a time of gain or loss for philosophy in Scotland.

Keywords:   philosophy, Aristotle, William Cranston, Patrick Tod, John Rutherford, Florentius Volusenus, Robert Balfour, Scotland, humanism

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