Science in the Scottish Enlightenment
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Course The Rise of Scientific Europe 1500-1800
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  • 2011-06-24T09:00:00.000Z
  • 2011-06-24T10:50:00.000Z
  • 2013-12-05T19:07:54.000Z
  • 2016-01-15T16:00:00.000Z
  • 2016-01-15T16:02:00.000Z
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  • <p>Inspired by the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century, the intellectuals of eighteenth-century Europe launched a dazzling programme for the extension of knowledge and for the promotion of human welfare. Their programme has become known as the &#x2018;Enlightenment’ and their age is often called the &#x2018;Age of Enlightenment’.</p><p>This unit is concerned with science in Scotland, one of the most dynamic centres of Enlightenment thinking. Writers speak of the mid-eighteenth century as Scotland's &#x2018;Golden Age’. In order to get the flavour of this age, it is necessary to take a very broad view of what we mean by &#x2018;science’. If we stay within the boundaries recognised by modern science faculties, we will miss most of what is distinctive about eighteenth-century Scotland. The interconnections and cross-fertilisation between disciplines that we now regard as having little to do with each other is one of the remarkable features of the Scottish scene. Geologists associated with historians, economists with chemists, philosophers with surgeons, lawyers with farmers, church ministers with architects.</p><p>This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from <i>The Rise of Scientific Europe, 1500-1800</i> (AS208) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this <span class="oucontent-linkwithtip"><a class="oucontent-hyperlink" href="http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/arts-and-humanities/index.htm"> subject area</a></span>. </p>
  • How is it that a small, poor country in northern Europe became one of the most dynamic centres of Enlightenment thinking? This free course, Science in the Scottish Enlightenment, examines the cultural, intellectual and religious characteristics of Scotland in the eighteenth century that led to the emergence of such intellectual pioneers as James Hutton, Joseph Black and William Cullen, and briefly describes their key ideas and findings.<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/history-science-technology-and-medicine/science-the-scottish-enlightenment/content-section-0" /> First published on Fri, 15 Jan 2016 as <a href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/history-science-technology-and-medicine/science-the-scottish-enlightenment/content-section-0">Science in the Scottish Enlightenment</a>. To find out more visit The Open University's <a href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/ole-home-page">Openlearn</a> website. Creative-Commons 2016
  • How is it that a small, poor country in northern Europe became one of the most dynamic centres of Enlightenment thinking? This unit examines the cultural, intellectual and religious characteristics of Scotland in the eighteenth century that led to the emergence of such intellectual pioneers as James Hutton, Joseph Black and William Cullen, and briefly describes their key ideas and findings.<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/history-science-technology-and-medicine/science-the-scottish-enlightenment/content-section-0" /> First published on Fri, 24 Jun 2011 as <a href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/history-science-technology-and-medicine/science-the-scottish-enlightenment/content-section-0">Science in the Scottish Enlightenment</a>. To find out more visit The Open University's <a href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/ole-home-page">Openlearn</a> website. Creative-Commons 2011
  • <p>Inspired by the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century, the intellectuals of eighteenth-century Europe launched a dazzling programme for the extension of knowledge and for the promotion of human welfare. Their programme has become known as the &#x2018;Enlightenment’ and their age is often called the &#x2018;Age of Enlightenment’.</p><p>This course is concerned with science in Scotland, one of the most dynamic centres of Enlightenment thinking. Writers speak of the mid-eighteenth century as Scotland's &#x2018;Golden Age’. In order to get the flavour of this age, it is necessary to take a very broad view of what we mean by &#x2018;science’. If we stay within the boundaries recognised by modern science faculties, we will miss most of what is distinctive about eighteenth-century Scotland. The interconnections and cross-fertilisation between disciplines that we now regard as having little to do with each other is one of the remarkable features of the Scottish scene. Geologists associated with historians, economists with chemists, philosophers with surgeons, lawyers with farmers, church ministers with architects.</p><p>This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 2 study in <span class="oucontent-linkwithtip"><a class="oucontent-hyperlink" href="http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/find/arts-and-humanities?LKCAMPAIGN=ebook_&amp;MEDIA=ou">Arts and Humanities</a></span>.</p>
  • How is it that a small, poor country in northern Europe became one of the most dynamic centres of Enlightenment thinking? This free course, Science in the Scottish Enlightenment, examines the cultural, intellectual and religious characteristics of Scotland in the eighteenth century that led to the emergence of such intellectual pioneers as James Hutton, Joseph Black and William Cullen, and briefly describes their key ideas and findings.<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/history-science-technology-and-medicine/science-the-scottish-enlightenment/content-section-0" /> First published on Fri, 24 Jun 2011 as <a href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/history-science-technology-and-medicine/science-the-scottish-enlightenment/content-section-0">Science in the Scottish Enlightenment</a>. To find out more visit The Open University's <a href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/ole-home-page">Openlearn</a> website. Creative-Commons 2011