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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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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
A History of Scottish Philosophy

Alexander Broadie

Edinburgh University Press

This book tries to show that Scotland has a rich philosophical tradition, created by many people, and testifying to a deep interest in abstract speculation which has characterised Scottish culture for centuries. The phrase ‘Scottish philosophy’ suggests that one part of the great Western philosophical project has a nationality, that it is a citizen of Scotland or at least of Scottish culture. Closely related to the concept of Scottish philosophy is the concept of a Scottish school of philosophy. Scottish philosophy is a unitary thing, but not in the sense of a school of philosophy with its set of doctrines to which all in the school subscribed; instead the unity derives from the circumstances of the philosophical activity, of people standing in the relation of friend to friend, of colleague to colleague, and of teacher to pupil.

Keywords:   Scottish philosophy, Scotland, Scottish culture, Western philosophical project, nationality

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