The idea of chivalry in the Scottish enlightenment: The case of David Hume

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It is generally assumed that in early modern Britain, chivalry-allegedly typified by the Crusades-was considered a negative or even ridiculous ideology until its rehabilitation by the pre-Romantic movement. However, this paper argues that Hume and other Scottish Enlightenment thinkers had already shown a deep interest in its historical role and influence on modern civilization. That Hume shared a broad interest in chivalry with contemporary philosophers does not undermine the novelty of his thought on this topic. In fact, the pioneering and unique aspects of his contributions can be clarified by setting them in context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-178
Number of pages24
JournalHume Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr 1


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