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The Idea of Commercial Society in the Scottish Enlightenment

Christopher J. Berry


The book examines the writings of the Scottish Enlightenment, focusing on their conception of a commercial society. This focus captures both what the Scottish Enlightenment is now best known for as well as what contemporaneously most engaged its participants. This engagement critically involved a re-calibration of social norms and that, in turn, entailed a re-thinking of the constituents (institutions, behaviour and so on) of ‘society’. Central to this re-thinking was the Scots’ appreciation that the present had to be understood via the past. Among the book's key themes is the argument that th ... More

Keywords: Commerce, Enlightenment, Scotland, Adam Smith, David Hume, Adam Ferguson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748645329
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645329.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher J. Berry, author
University of Glasgow