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The Moral Culture of the Scottish Enlightenment
1690–1805

Thomas Ahnert

In the European Enlightenments it was often argued that moral conduct rather than adherence to certain theological doctrines was the true measure of religious belief. Thomas Ahnert argues that this characteristically “enlightened” emphasis on conduct in religion was less reliant on arguments from reason alone than is commonly believed. In fact, the champions of the Scottish Enlightenment were deeply skeptical of the power of unassisted natural reason in achieving “enlightened” virtue and piety. They 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 key q...

The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History

2015   224 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300153804  $65.00 tx

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