By Michael Michie
An Enlightenment Tory in Victorian Scotland is a political and highbrow biography of Sir Archibald Alison (1792-1867), historian, social critic, felony legal professional, and sheriff of Lanarkshire. the 1st writer to ascertain the whole variety of Alison's writings and actions, Michael Michie finds an important hyperlink among the Scottish Enlightenment and Victorian conservatism. Michie argues that Alison's conservative principles have been deeply inspired through the social and political considered the Scottish Enlightenment. He contends that Alison was once the embodiment of the excessive Tory appropriation of the legacy of Adam Smith relatively obtrusive within the trust that advertisement agrarian capitalist society used to be the main acceptable shape for either the upkeep of order and the perform of advantage. constructing the recommendation conservative interpretation of the enlightened legacy used to be attainable for the succeeding century, Michie's learn bargains an invaluable corrective to the bought knowledge that Victorian Liberalism used to be the genuine inheritor of the Scottish Enlightenment.
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And, if successful, was then admitted to the Faculty upon payment of a hefty fee. He was thereafter entitled to plead cases before Scotland's principal courts and could directly go about building up his own legal practice; no biding time until an established position became available was necessary ... however, ... 13 10. Emerson, "Scottish Universities," 456-7. 11. " 12. Emerson, "Scottish Universities," 456. 13. Camic, Experience and Enlightenment, 200, 201. See also Emerson, "Scottish Universities," 457.
Playfair, and others. Prominent English Whigs often attended in summer. Alison found "considerable cleverness, much 62. McElroy, Century of Scottish Clubs, 231. 63. Alison, Some Account, i: 72-99, 111-13. 64. , i: 58. 65 Sir Archibald Alison's later evaluation of his father revealed not only his own desire to distance himself from what he saw as the excessively naive optimism of the eighteenth century, but also the change in sensibility from the last generation of the Enlightenment proper to a generation brought up in the shadow of European war, industrialization, and rapid social change.
Alison's passage, while less direct in its language than Smith's, does bring out more clearly the seeming paradox of community in solitude and loneliness within crowds. 29. The Rev. Archibald Alison, Sermons, i, sermon ix, 187. 30. Alison's sermon, "On the Beginning of the Century," was preached a few days after Blair died. , i, sermon I, 18. "31 In particular, Smith took from Stoic doctrine the notions of selfcommand, self-preservation and the desire to better one's condition, prudence, and the idea of the harmonious system.
An Enlightenment Tory in Victorian Scotland: The Career of Sir Archibald Alison by Michael Michie