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The Moral Culture of the Scottish Enlightenment1690-1805$
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Thomas Ahnert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300153804

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300153804.001.0001

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(p.94) 4. Orthodoxy
The Moral Culture of the Scottish Enlightenment

Thomas Ahnert

Yale University Press

The fourth chapter shows that so-called orthodox critics of the Moderates had a more positive and comprehensive view of natural religion than the Moderates. The differences between them, including their different attitudes towards natural religion, are most convincingly explained in terms of their respective theological outlooks. In a separate section, the views of several thinkers are discussed who are usually grouped together as representatives of a school of “common-sense philosophy,” based on their common criticism of Hume’s philosophical skepticism, but who were also examples of a Moderate religious outlook.

Keywords:   Orthodoxy, Natural Religion, Revelation, Free Will, Passions, Reason, Immortality, Virtue, Theodicy, Common Sense

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