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- DescriptionThe Scottish Enlightenment was the first intellectual movement to view commercial society as a distinct and distinctive social formation - one that still shapes our everyday lives. In this title the author explains why enlightenment thinkers considered commercial society to be wealthier and freer than earlier forms, and charts the arguments Scottish philosophers put forward for and against the idea. The first book to focus on the Scottish Enlightenment's conception of commercial society, revealing it to be the movement's core idea; it analyses key works like Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, David Hume's Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects and Adam Ferguson's Essay on the History of Civil Society and looks at lesser kwn works such as Robert Wallace's Dissertation on Numbers of Mankind.
- Author BiographyChristopher J. Berry is Professor Emeritus (Political Theory) at Glasgow University.
- Author(s)Christopher J. Berry
- PublisherEdinburgh University Press
- Date of Publication30/04/2015
- Place of PublicationEdinburgh
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintEdinburgh University Press
- Weight431 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine18 mm
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