The Gothic origin of modern civility : Mandeville and the Scots on courage

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Tolonen , M 2014 , ' The Gothic origin of modern civility : Mandeville and the Scots on courage ' , The Journal of Scottish Philosophy , vol. 12 , no. 1 , pp. 51-69 . https://doi.org/10.3366/jsp.2014.0062

Title: The Gothic origin of modern civility : Mandeville and the Scots on courage
Author: Tolonen, Mikko
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Date: 2014
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: The Journal of Scottish Philosophy
ISSN: 1479-6651
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/156259
Abstract: This paper seeks to establish that Bernard Mandeville's ideas on courage and honour shaped the Scottish debate about ancients and moderns by formulating a perspective how eighteenth-century civil societies grew large, luxurious and feminine without losing their ability to wage war. My focus is on Mandeville's positive influence on David Hume, whose writings were a springboard for many Mandevillean ideas in Scotland. In contrast to a recent claim in scholarship, Hume aimed to discredit, instead of developing, Shaftesburyan ideas of ancient courage. The concluding part of the paper will discuss Andrew Millar and Adam Ferguson in this context.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
615 History and Archaeology
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