Scottish Philosophy Abroad

A striking feature of the Scottish philosophical tradition has been the influence of Scottish philosophy abroad, in many different parts of the world over several centuries. From the medieval period there were strong connections with France, and subsequently with Europe more generally. In the 18th century, both before and after the American Revolution, Scottish philosophy had a powerful influence on education thought and practice in the formative years of the United States. In the 19th century this influence extended to Canada, and then Australia. Even in India and the Far Eastern parts of Asia it is possible to find evidence of the impact of Scottish philosophy on educational and scientific ways of thinking, an impact importantly renewed and strengthened in the second half of the 20th century by Japanese interest in Adam Smith and other social theories of the Scottish Enlightenment.

This brief account of the influence of Scottish philosophy worldwide is in the making. It will be added to from time to time, and additional information is most welcome.

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