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Robert Burns and the Philosophers





ISBN 9780367787103
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
286 Pages

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Book Description

This volume expounds the influence of Robert Burns’s reading of Philosophy



on his life and work, supplementing this with his personal encounters



with those philosophers he met. The work begins with the



Homespun Philosophy of his early years under the tutelage of William



Burnes and John Murdoch, then examines in detail some of the texts of



John Locke, Adam Smith and Francis Hutcheson, including other writers



who reflect Hutcheson’s thinking. Further chapters include the exploration



on Thomas Reid, Dugald Stewart, Archibald Alison and William



Greenfield. Robert Burns and the Philosophers does not purport to be a



work of philosophy but rather to show the poet’s reaction to the subject



and the development of his understanding. This work opens up a subject



that hitherto has been almost unexplored.

Table of Contents

Contents





 



 



Acknowledgements





Introduction





 



Chapter 1 Homespun philosophy





Chapter 2 John Locke I - Opening up other worlds





Chapter 3 Adam Smith I - Theory of Moral Sentiments





Chapter 4 Adam Smith II – The Wealth of Nations





Chapter 5 Francis Hutcheson – A shared outlook





Chapter 6 Thomas Reid – Common Sense





Chapter 7 Dugald Stewart – The local philosopher





Chapter 8 Archibald Alison and William Greenfield –A confidence achieved



Appendix List of Authors or texts quoted or alluded to by William Greenfield in his Essays on the sources of the pleasures received from literary



composition, that were known to Robert Burns.





References and Notes





Bibliography





Index

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Author(s)

Biography



J. Walter McGinty received his PhD at the University of Strathclyde on



‘Literary, Philosophical and Theological Influences on Robert Burns’.



Dr McGinty is an ordained Minister, having trained for the Ministry of



the Church of Scotland at the University of Glasgow and Trinity College



Glasgow. Other publications are Robert Burns and Religion, (Ashgate);



and Robert Burns the Book Lover: From Reader to Writer, (Humming



Earth.) The present volume completes the trilogy of books that have



examined the influence of the reading of Robert Burns. McGinty has



also written a biography, ‘An Animated Son of Liberty’: A Life of John



Witherspoon, (Arena) and has published papers on ‘John Goldie and



Robert Burns’ and ‘Milton’s Satan and Burns’s Auld Nick’ in Studies in



Scottish Literature Vols XXIX and XXXIII.