Papers on this page are, mainly, exercises in intellectual history or the history of ideas. (This is not to say that they set out to observe limits which the academic discipline of “intellectual history” frequently draws.) More specifically, the papers explore Scottish thought between roughly 1560 and 1776 – the “reformation-to-enlightenment” period.
‘From Smithian Sympathy to Hegelian Recognition’ [paper given at the International Conference on Political Economy: Smith, University of Kocaeli, October 2009; published in Hakan Kapucu, Murat Aydin, Ismail Șiriner, Farhang Morady and Ümit Çetin (eds.) Politik Iktisat ve Adam Smith (Istanbul: Yön Yayinlari 2010)]
‘Scottish Political Theory: From Natural Law to Common Sense’ [paper given at the University of Istanbul, April 2010; published in Turkish translation (as ‘Iskoç Siyasal Teorisi: Doğal Hukuktan Sağduyuya’) in Kutadgubilig No. 23 (March 2013)] (Note: Although the website version of the paper refers to material not discussed in the initial presentation, the argument is the same.)
‘Sin, Scepticism and the Foundations of Scottish Political Theory’ [working paper presented at the Political Theory Research Group, School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh, January 2010]
‘Scepticism, Religion and Political Theory in the Scottish Enlightenment’ [paper presented at the Annual East Mediterranean Seminar for the Study of the Scottish Enlightenment, Zakynthos, June 2012; published online byFelsefe Gazetesi (www.felsefegazetesi.com) on 27 August 2013]
‘Common Sense – A Presentation’ [paper circulated as background for a talk at the Ragged University (www.ragged-online.com), Edinburgh, June 2013]
‘Common Sense, Scottish Thought and Current Politics’ [published online by Bella Caledonia(bellacaledonia.org.uk) on 26 July 2014]
‘Adam Smith and Interaction – A Handout’ [revised version of handout circulated at Ragged University (www.ragged-online.com), Edinburgh, on 29 October 2015]