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Francis Hutcheson: His Life, Teaching, and Position in the History of Philosophy

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William R. Scott's Francis Hutcheson was originally published by Cambridge at the University Press in 1900.

Our reprinting of the work is the second in our reprint series called CL Reprints. The Project Manager of CL Reprints is Zachary Yost. The logo for CL Reprints is the following illustration "Gutenberg's Press" by Dave Grey, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution–NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.

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Endorsements of Francis Hutcheson: His Life, Teaching, and Position in the History of Philosophy

“W. R. Scott’s book was a pioneering effort, not only in the study of Hutcheson but of the Scottish Enlightenment, a term that he is thought to have launched. In his work on Hutcheson, as in that on Adam Smith, Scott set a new standard for documentation that became the starting point for most subsequent work on the biographical and broader context for Hutcheson’s thought. The book remains the only book-length study in English of Hutcheson’s life and work as a whole.”

—Knud Haakonssen, 2023 for the new CL Press republication

“As regards the treatment of Hutcheson's philosophy, the author has done a real service in pointing out more carefully than has ever been done before the different stages of Hutcheson’s thought… [E]very student of British ethics in the eighteenth century will be grateful to Dr. Scott for his work.” 

—James H. Tufts, The American Journal of Theology, 1902

“Overall, a very informative and useful book.”

—Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale, 1901

“The first section, partly because Dr. Scott has come into possession of hitherto unused material, partly because he has here covered rarely frequented ground, fills up, perhaps as completely as will ever be necessary or possible, a blank in the history of the life of the eighteenth century. Nothing but praise can be given for the ingenious way in which the author has traced his sources, and pieced together from very scant material the outline of the story of Hutcheson's life and environment.”

—J. B. Baillie, International Journal of Ethics, 1901