Scottish Kantians: An Exploration

Journal of Scottish Philosophy 7 (2):115-131 (2009)
From the late 1790s to the early 1890s, Scottish scholars contributed, as translators, commentators, or critics to the ‘reception’ of Kant's philosophy in Britain. The discussion here considers particularly the work of Richardson, Semple, Gillies, MacVicar, Ferrier, Meiklejohn, and Hastie, and attempts to assess the character, quality, and value of their contributions to Kantian scholarship. An important question throughout is whether – and if so, how far and why – the work of Scottish Kantians can be meaningfully discussed apart from their English contemporaries – one relevant consideration being the distinctive rôle of philosophy in the Scottish M.A. curriculum
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