Character, Self, and Sociability in the Scottish Enlightenment by T. AhnertCharacter, Self, and Sociability in the Scottish Enlightenment by T. Ahnert

Character, Self, and Sociability in the Scottish Enlightenment

EditorT. Ahnert, Susan Manning

Hardcover | November 22, 2011

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This book is about Enlightenment ideas of “character.” It argues for their central importance in eighteenth-century thought and culture. The scope of this volume extends well beyond the confines of literary history. It examines discussions of race, nation, the self, virtue, sociability, and historical progress. The essays in this volume are the first, collectively, to address the broader significance of Enlightenment character, and to do so from an interdisciplinary perspective. The focus is on the Scottish Enlightenment, but contributors consider these debates in their international contexts and in relation to parallel developments in Britain, Europe, and America.
Thomas Ahnert is senior lecturer in early modern intellectual history at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Susan Manning is Grierson Professor at the University of Edinburgh and director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.
Title:Character, Self, and Sociability in the Scottish EnlightenmentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:314 pagesPublished:November 22, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230104142

ISBN - 13:9780230104143


Table of Contents

Reid and Hume on the Possibility of Character—James A. Harris * Adam Smith’s Rhetorical Art of Character—Stephen McKenna * The Moral Education of Mankind: Character and Religious Moderatism in the Sermons of Hugh Blair—Thomas Ahnert * The Not-So-Prodigal Son: James Boswell and the Scottish Enlightenment—Anthony La Vopa * Character, Sociability and Correspondence: Elizabeth Griffith and The Letters between Henry and Frances—Eve Tavor Bannet * Smellie’s Dreams: Character and Consciousness in the Scottish Enlightenment—Phyllis Mack William * Aspects of Character and Sociability in Scottish Enlightenment Medicine—Neil Vickers * The ‘Peculiar Colouring of the Mind’: Character and Painted Portraiture in the Scottish Enlightenment—Viccy Coltman * National Characters and Race: A Scottish Enlightenment Debate—Silvia Sebastiani * Character and Cosmopolitanism in the Scottish-American Enlightenment—Hannah Spahn * Historical Characters: Biography, the Science of Man, and Romantic Fiction—Susan Manning * Necessity, Freedom, and Character Formation from the Eighteenth Century to the Nineteenth—Jerrold Seigel