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The Aberdeen Enlightment: The Arts Curriculum in the Eighteenth Century (review)

The Aberdeen Enlightment: The Arts Curriculum in the Eighteenth Century (review) Hume Studies Volume XX, Number 1, April 1994 pp. 151-153 PAUL B. WOOD. The Aberdeen Enlightment: The Arts Curriculum in the Eighteenth Century. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1993. xvi + 240 pages. Professor Wood premises that "the history of the Scottish Enlightenment is largely co-extensive with that of her universities," and that "this was particularly the case in Aberdeen, where intellectual life focused almost entirely on the two universities" (xiii). Drawing on an array of archival sources, Wood carefully traces the evolution of the arts curriculum at Aberdeen's two colleges, King's and Marischal, from 1717 to 1800. He offers a wealth of detail con- cerning the lectures and the agendas of key professors in the fields of natural and moral philosophy: among them, Marischal's George Turnbull, Thomas Blackwell, Alexander Gerard, and James Beattie; and King's Thomas Reid and Robert Eden Scott. Wood thus contributes to the growing body of literature on the nexus of university, Kirk, and Enlightenment in eighteenth century Scotland, and he demonstrates a thorough acquaintance with work done by scholars such as Anand Chitnis, Peter Jones, Richard Sher, and M. A. Stewart. Wood develops a number of theses that challenge views advanced or accepted by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hume Studies Hume Society

The Aberdeen Enlightment: The Arts Curriculum in the Eighteenth Century (review)

Hume Studies , Volume 20 (1) – Jan 26, 1994

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Hume Studies Volume XX, Number 1, April 1994 pp. 151-153 PAUL B. WOOD. The Aberdeen Enlightment: The Arts Curriculum in the Eighteenth Century. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1993. xvi + 240 pages. Professor Wood premises that "the history of the Scottish Enlightenment is largely co-extensive with that of her universities," and that "this was particularly the case in Aberdeen, where intellectual life focused almost entirely on the two universities" (xiii). Drawing on an array of archival sources, Wood carefully traces the evolution of the arts curriculum at Aberdeen's two colleges, King's and Marischal, from 1717 to 1800. He offers a wealth of detail con- cerning the lectures and the agendas of key professors in the fields of natural and moral philosophy: among them, Marischal's George Turnbull, Thomas Blackwell, Alexander Gerard, and James Beattie; and King's Thomas Reid and Robert Eden Scott. Wood thus contributes to the growing body of literature on the nexus of university, Kirk, and Enlightenment in eighteenth century Scotland, and he demonstrates a thorough acquaintance with work done by scholars such as Anand Chitnis, Peter Jones, Richard Sher, and M. A. Stewart. Wood develops a number of theses that challenge views advanced or accepted by

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