Dr Bradford Bow

Dr Bradford Bow
BA, PGDHS, MA, PhD, FRHistS

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Dr Bradford Bow
Dr Bradford Bow

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The University of Aberdeen Department of History,
Crombie Annexe, Room G11, Meston Walk,
King's College, Aberdeen, AB24 3FX
 
Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies,
HMA2 No.19 College Bounds (Humanity Manse),
King's College, University of Aberdeen,
Old Aberdeen, AB24 3FX
 
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 208650

Biography

Dr Bradford Bow is an intellectual historian of America, Scotland and Britain during the long eighteenth century, with a broader interest in the global contexts of Enlightenment intellectual and moral culture. Dr Bow completed a PhD in the fields of Enlightenment History and Scottish Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. During the 2012-13 academic year, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) and an adjunct lecturing position at Edinburgh University. At that time, he also served as the Acting Director of the MSc Intellectual History programme and organised research activities for the Carnegie Trust funded project ‘Scotland’s Trans-Atlantic Relations’ (STAR). Following this, he held the inaugural Jack Miller Center-Huntington Research Fellowship at the Huntington Library. Dr Bow returned to the University of Edinburgh during the 2013-14 academic year as a Teaching Fellow in Enlightenment History and Deputy Director of the MSc Intellectual History programme. Afterwards, he was an Assistant Professor of Global Intellectual History at Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea) between 2014 and 2019. Dr Bow joined the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy in August 2019 and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Research

Research Overview

My research interests centre on the global intellectual history of Scottish Enlightenment philosophy during the long eighteenth century. From a transnational and global perspective, I address questions concerning the conception, diffusion, and reception of the Scottish philosophical tradition of teaching metaphysics as moral philosophy. My first book sets forth a new understanding of the late Scottish Enlightenment in its transatlantic contexts by examining the conception and development of Dugald Stewart's novel system of moral education. It comprises an intellectual history of what was at stake in moral education during a transitional period of revolutioanry change in Scottish intellectual culture and within a globalising knowledge economy between 1772 and 1828. Building upon this research, I organised conferences for the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies and the British Society for the History of Philosophy, which resulted in my guest editing of a special issue in History of European Ideas and my edited volume, Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment, published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

Current Research

The central strand of my current research focuses on the eastern frontiers of the Scottish Enlightenment during its supposed decline in the British Isles. My current book project defines the Imperial Enlightenment through a comparative study of Scottish metaphysics among British philosophical and literary societies at Madras, Calcutta and Bombay from c.1784 to 1833. In doing so, I show that Scottish anatomists of the mind integrated foreign philosophical systems in their published and unpublished transactions on the political economy of imperial management and universal improvement of humankind. Ultimately, this developing book project aims to shed new light on the relative meaning of Scottish Enlightenment within an interconnected British world. I am also developing another book project on the 'Wise Club' in the Aberdeen Enlightenment.

Teaching

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I welcome approaches from prospective postgraduate students with an interest in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Scottish, British, American, Atlantic, Global, and Enlightenment History.

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  • Review of Berry, Essays on Hume, Smith and the Scottish Enlightenment

    Bow, C.

    Scottish Historical Review, vol. 99, no. 1, pp. 151-152

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Molyneux's Problem in the Scottish Enlightenment

    Bow, C. B.

    Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 22-41

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Questioning the historical and modern limits of Adam Ferguson's "ethical integrity": Response

    Bow, C. B.

    Syndicate

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The “Final Causes” of Scottish Nationalism: Lord Kames on the political economy of enlightened husbandry, 1745-1782

    Bow, C. B.

    Historical Research, vol. 91, no. 252, pp. 296-313

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Dugald Stewart and the Legacy of Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment

    Bow, C. B.

    Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment. Bow, C. B. (ed.). Oxford University Press (OUP), pp. 200-220, 21 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Introduction: Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment

    Bow, C. B.

    Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment. Bow, C. B. (ed.). Oxford University Press (OUP), pp. 1-18, 18 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Waging War for the Righteous: William Eaton on Enlightenment, Empire, and Coup d’état in the First Barbary War, 1801-1805

    Bow, C. B.

    History, vol. 101, no. 348, pp. 692-709

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • In Pursuit of “Moral Beauty” and Intellectual Pleasures: Dugald Stewart and Edinburgh’s literary culture, 1772-1810

    Bow, C. B.

    The Scottish Enlightenment and Literary Culture. McLean, R., Young, R., Simpson, K. (eds.). Bucknell University Press, pp. 153-170, 18 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Review of Scottish Philosophy in the Nineteenth & Twentieth Centuries edited by Gordon Graham

    Bow, C. B.

    Journal of Scottish Philosophy, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 224-229

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

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