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The Intellectual Development of Scotland
By Hector MacPherson (1911)


About the various phases of the intellectual life of Scotland much has been written, but so far as I know there has been no attempt to deal with the subject as a connected whole. In regard to the scientific side of the national development, I have been greatly indebted to the Principal of Edinburgh University, Sir William Turner, who in his recent address to the Royal Society of Edinburgh sketched in masterly manner the rise and progress of scientific study in Scotland. This department of the national life has been somewhat overshadowed by our theological and ecclesiastical controversies; and, judging from Sir William Turner's illuminating survey, an entire volume is needed to do justice to the subject.

In my book I have not aimed at exhaustive-ness of treatment; the aim has been the more modest one of noting the salient points in the evolutionary process, and my reward will be great if the reader is sent to study in detail the subjects with which the volume deals.

Much of the material has appeared in various public prints, the Glasgow Herald, T. P.'s Weekly and the late Scottish Review, the editors of which I cordially thank for their permission to reproduce the articles.

H. M.

October 1911.


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