Enlightenment's Frontier: The Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism (BOK)

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

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"Enlightenment's Frontier" looks at the eighteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment - which gave birth to modern-day environmentalism - and sheds new light on Scottish thinkers such as Carl Linneaus, David Hume and Adam Smith. In this groundbreaking new book, Fredrik Albritton Jonsson argues that Smith's defence of free markets was actually based on idealized notions of self-regulating natural systems. He explores Smith's liberal view of the fragile environment and compares it with rival interpretations of natural order, which stressed the need for governance. The Enlightenment was a time of great advancement in Scotland, scientifically, economically and otherwise, with nationwide literacy rates soaring above 75 percent. Jonsson argues that the mountainous highlands contributed greatly to the thinking during this time, inspiring a forgotten link between nature and virtue. He examines three key themes - population politics, internal colonization, and natural history - and says debates about the natural world influenced all three.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Fredrik Albritton Jonsson
ISBN 9780300162547
Antall sider 384 Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 2,7cm
Vekt 653 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form British & Irish history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Western philosophy: Enlightenment, Environmentalist thought & ideology