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The Democratic Intellect

The Democratic Intellect

Scotland and Her Universities in the Nineteenth Century: An Edinburgh Classic

by Lindsay PatersonMurdo Macdonald and George Elder Davie

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 24/06/2013

 
An Edinburgh Classic edition of the cornerstone work on Scotland's intellectual identity First published in 1961, The Democratic Intellect provoked a re-evaluation of Scotland's philosophy of itself. George Davie's account of the history of the movements which set Scotland apart from its neighbours, and of the great personalities involved, has proved seminal in restoring to Scotland a sense of the value of its unique cultural identity. Scotland's approach to higher education has always been distinctive. From the inauguration of its first universities, the accent was on first principles, and this broad, philosophical interpretation unified the approach to knowledge - even of mathematics and science. The resulting generalist tradition contrasted with the specialism of the two English universities, Oxford and Cambridge. It stood Scotland in good stead, characterising its intellectual life even into the nineteenth century when economic, social and political pressures enforced an increasing conformity to English models.
The Democratic Intellect is rightly a benchmark in Scotland's intellectual heritage and continues to have a marked influence on those now promoting enquiry and improvement within our colleges and universities.
ISBN:
9780748684786
9780748684786
Category:
British & Irish history
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
24-06-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Edition:
2nd Edition
Pages:
400
Dimensions (mm):
216x138x28mm
Weight:
0.56kg

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