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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.365) Chapter 12 Conclusion
A History of Scottish Philosophy

Alexander Broadie

Edinburgh University Press

There has been a long tradition of philosophising in Scotland. After the Reformation, Scottish philosophers were no less interested than their predecessors had been in the philosophy being done there. Scottish philosophy is also inextricably bound up with mathematics and the natural sciences. This book has been written to demonstrate the longevity and richness of the Scottish philosophical tradition. Scottish philosophy is not just David Hume nor even just the philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment; it flourished for half a millennium before the Enlightenment and has outlived that wondrous event by two centuries. It is unfinished business, and this book is perforce an interim report.

Keywords:   Scottish philosophy, Scotland, Reformation, David Hume, Scottish Enlightenment, mathematics, natural sciences

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