Wallace Stuart

in John Stuart Blackie

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780748611850
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653386 | DOI:

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This chapter talks about John Stuart Blackie's struggles after several years abroad and arrival in London at the beginning of November 1831. On his return to Scotland it was clear that his religious ideas were well beyond what would be acceptable in a Church of Scotland minister, and the question of a future career had to be decided. In his first year of literary journalism, Blackie concentrated on translations of German poetry and on reviewing German history and literature. By a habit of mind, he excluded political writing which took up questions only from their philosophical side, and utterly ignored party questions and party combinations. The Professor of Moral Philosophy at Marischal was approaching retirement, and Blackie had considered putting himself forward as a candidate. He was dissuaded by the Principal because of doubts about his religious views, and he decided to pursue his academic ambitions in another way.

Keywords: London; John Stuart Blackie; Church of Scotland; German; religious views; Moral Philosophy; Marischal

Chapter.  11095 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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