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


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