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The Moral Culture of the Scottish Enlightenment: 1690--1805: Book by Thomas Ahnert

The Moral Culture of the Scottish Enlightenment: 1690--1805

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ISBN: 9780300153804    Publisher: Yale University Press Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 224        Language: English
In the Enlightenment it was often argued that moral conduct, rather than adherence to theological doctrine, was the true measure of religious belief. Thomas Ahnert argues that this "enlightened" emphasis...Read more
In the Enlightenment it was often argued that moral conduct, rather than adherence to theological doctrine, was the true measure of religious belief. Thomas Ahnert argues that this "enlightened" emphasis on conduct in religion relied less on arguments from reason alone than has been believed. In fact, Scottish Enlightenment champions advocated a practical program of "moral culture," in which revealed religion was of central importance. Ahnert traces this to theological controversies going back as far as the Reformation concerning the conditions of salvation. His findings present a new point of departure for all scholars interested in the intersection of religion and Enlightenment.
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About the author: Thomas Ahnert
Thomas Ahnert is a Reader in history at the University of Edinburgh. He lives in Edinburgh.

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Thomas Ahnert's cogently argued and highly original monograph amounts to a complete reversal of some of the most commonly accepted features of what the Enlightenment-and not only that in...Read more
Thomas Ahnert's cogently argued and highly original monograph amounts to a complete reversal of some of the most commonly accepted features of what the Enlightenment-and not only that in Scotland-was about."-Knud Haakonssen, University of Erfurt and University of St. Andrews -- Knud Haakonssen "Ahnert's polyglot grasp of Latin primary source materials and secondary scholarship in German, French, and Italian brings a depth and solidity to his scholarship on the Moderate theologians of eighteenth-century Scotland. His arresting revisionist case study brings back to life aspects of history which most scholars in this field can barely touch, far less revivify."-Colin Kidd, author of Union and Unionisms: Political Thought in Scotland 1500-2000 -- Colin Kidd
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