Glasgow (1728–89): notions of privacy at the interface of civic theory and practice as well as commercial enterprises
Notions of privacy shaped in the pursuit of civic prosperity, religious stability and Enlightenment ideals. Foci: the Dean of Guild Court’s decisions concerning private and public buildings; relations between private interests and public good described in prof.s of moral philosophy F. Hutcheson’s System of Moral Philosophy (1755) and A. Smith’s The Wealth of Nations (1779); discussions of Hume’s atheism in relation to his vying for a chair; visions and practices regarding privacy in the Merchant City (1750s), its homes and warehouses.
Research on privacy will add decisive new insights to research into, e.g., social-theoretical, political, legal and urban aspects of the Glasgow Enlightenment; see, e.g.,
- Ahnert, T. & S, Manning (eds). 2011. Character, Self, and Sociability in the Scottish Enlightenment. New York
- Berry, C.J. 1997. Social Theory of the Scottish Enlightenment. Edinburgh.
- Cairns, J.W. 2015. Enlightenment, Legal Education, and Critique. Edinburgh
- Harris, B. & C. McKean. 2014. Scottish Town in the Age of the Enlightenment 1740-1820. Edinburgh
- Shaw, J.S. 1999. The Political History of Eighteenth-Century Scotland. London/New York Sher, R.B. & A. Hook (eds). 1995. The Glasgow Enlightenment. East Linton