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Introduction

Alexander Broadie

in A History of Scottish Philosophy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748616275
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652471 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616275.003.0001
Introduction

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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

Chapter.  2619 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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