Beyond Reason: Hume, Seth, Macmurray and Scotland's Postmodernity

Cairns Craig

in Intending Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780748637133
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653478 | DOI:
Beyond Reason: Hume, Seth, Macmurray and Scotland's Postmodernity

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This chapter discusses Hume, Seth, and Macmurray's philosophy which challenged both the modern and postmodern of the Cartesian–Kantian tradition. It observes that this tradition of Scottish thought can be seen emerging in contemporary debate in the work of Alasdair MacIntyre, whose ‘postmodernity’ was, like Macmurray's, a ‘post-modernity’, one for which, as for a whole tradition of Scottish thought from Hume to Seth, ‘the mere individual is a fiction of philosophic thought’. It explains that if Scottish fiction showed all the marks of the stylistic postmodernism it was because, from the very inauguration of the modern, Scottish thought was searching for an alternative to the ‘purely individual self’ which was a ‘fiction of philosophic thought’, mirroring the rational consciousness of the philosopher rather than the passional existence of the person.

Keywords: Hume; Seth; Macmurray; Cartesian–Kantian tradition; Scottish thought; fiction; postmodernism; philosophic thought; passional existence

Chapter.  13473 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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