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

Titel: The Gothic origin of modern civility : Mandeville and the Scots on courage
Författare: Tolonen, Mikko
Medarbetare: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Datum: 2014
Språk: eng
Sidantal: 18
Tillhör serie: The Journal of Scottish Philosophy
ISSN: 1479-6651
Permanenta länken (URI): http://hdl.handle.net/10138/156259
Abstrakt: 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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