Nehemias (Scotus) Americanus: Enlightenment and religion between Scotland and America

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Abstract

This review assesses scholarly attempts to synthesize various forms of Scottish philosophy in the context of eighteenth-century America. It suggests potential new directions for the study of Scottish Enlightenment ethical theories on the western side of the Atlantic, and then examines scholarship on a separate and neglected Scottish influence in American thought: an evangelical notion of religious authority that was not opposed to wider incorporation in multi-denominational political unions. The ideological basis for American independence owed much to a tense counterpoise between Scottish moral sense reasoning and Presbyterian evangelicalism, rather than to their singular and starkly binary contributions to colonial American ideology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-264
Number of pages24
JournalHistorical Journal
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

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