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Edinburgh Lectures: Nicholas Phillipson

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Published on Mar 17, 2011

Edinburgh - then and now: A modern Athens?

By the end of the 18th century, Edinburgh had become one of the most important outposts of Enlightenment and was becoming known as a Modern Athens. How had Edinburgh come to earn this title? In what ways did the meaning of this title change in the following century?

What meaning -- if any -- and what significance does it have today?

Nicholas Phillipson lectured in History at Edinburgh from 1965 and retired from full-time employment in 2004 and was appointed Honorary Research Fellow.

He has held visiting appointments at Princeton, Yale, Tulsa, the Folger Library, Washington DC and the Ludwigs-Maximilian Universitat, Munich. His research interests have focused on the cultural and intellectual history of early modern and modern Scotland with a particular interest in the history of the Scottish enlightenment. He was co-director of a Leverhulme-funded project on the Science of Man in Scotland. He was an associate editor of the New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

He is one of the founder editors of a new journal Modern Intellectual History and he is a past president of the Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Society.

His Adam Smith; An Enlightened Life is to be published by Penguin Press in August 2010.

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