BA, PGDHS, MA, PhD, FHEA, FRHistS, OSS 大将軍
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Telephone: +44 (0)1224 208650
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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. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Distinguished Shinhan Professor at Yonsei University.
Dugald Stewart's Empire of the Mind: Moral Education in the late Scottish Enlightenment (OUP, 2022).
Dugald Stewart's Empire of the Mind recasts the cultivation of a democratic intellect in the late Scottish Enlightenment. It comprises an intellectual history of what was at stake in moral education during a transitional period of revolutionary change between 1772 and 1828. The democratization of Stewart's didactic Enlightenment—the instruction of moral improvement—in a globalizing, interconnected nineteenth-century knowledge economy is examined in this book.
My research interests centre on the global intellectual history of Scottish Enlightenment philosophy during the long eighteenth century (1660-1840). 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, applied ethics, and political economy.
The two strands of my current research centre on two large-scale book projects that examine the global intellectual history of the Scottish Enlightenment in the British imperial world and the intellectual history of Aberdonian common sense.
My book project on the eastern frontiers of the Scottish Enlightenment during its supposed decline in the British Isles is a comparative study of Scottish empiricism amongst British philosophical and literary societies at Madras, Calcutta and Bombay from c.1784 to 1833. It aims to shed new light on the role of Scottish Enlightenment naturalism within an interconnected British imperial world.
My book manuscript, The Wise Club: The Aberdeen Philosophical Society in the Scottish Enlightenment, explores different versions of ‘common sense’ that the Wise Club, which included Thomas Reid (1710-96), George Campbell (1719-96), John Gregory (1724-73), Alexander Gerard (1728-95), and James Beattie (1735-1803), set forth in their unpublished philosophical discourses and debates at taverns in Aberdeen between 1758 and 1773.
My monograph, Dugald Stewart's Empire of the Mind, published by Oxford University Press in August 2022 sets forth a new understanding of the late Scottish Enlightenment in its transatlantic contexts. It comprises an intellectual history of what was at stake in moral education during a transitional period of revolutionary change in Scottish intellectual culture and within a globalising knowledge economy between 1772 and 1828. Seminal works in this field identify continuity of thought in the ‘spirit’ of a distinctive Scottish School of philosophy and a cross-generational ‘democratic intellect’ that took shape through the Scottish philosophical tradition in higher education. However, the legacy of Scottish philosophy in nineteenth-century education is largely misunderstood due to the scholarly marginalisation of Stewart’s educational doctrine. My book argues that Stewart’s novel and historically significant systematic approach to lifelong education democratised the Scottish Enlightenment pattern of philosophical thinking in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world and reformed the moral economy of the British imperial world.
Building on a very well-received podcast series that I coordinated, my co-edited volume with Michael Brown, 525 Years in the Pursuit of Truth: A New History of the University of Aberdeen, which is in production with Aberdeen University Press, explores the University’s transnational transmission of ideas since the foundation of King’s. And my edited volume, Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment, published by Oxford University Press in 2018 established a new understanding of the most influential philosophical system in the Scottish Enlightenment.
- The Frontier in American History
- The Enlightenment in Global History (HI407D)
Areas of PG Supervision
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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Dugald Stewart's Empire of the Mind: Moral Education in the late Scottish EnlightenmentOxford University Press (OUP)Books and Reports: Books
525 Years in the Pursuit of Truth Podcast: 525 Years of Collecting and Care: The libraries, archives and museums of the University of AberdeenNon-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products
525 Years in the Pursuit of Truth Podcast: Lord Strathcona, Canada, and the University of Aberdeen, 1820-1906Non-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products
525 Years in the Pursuit of Truth Podcast: Economics at Aberdeen: The Legacy of Sir Thomas Jaffrey, Bt (1861-1953)Non-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products
525 Years in the Pursuit of Truth Podcast: The Influence of Prof. Herbert J.C. Grierson, 1866-1960Non-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products
525 Years in the Pursuit of Truth Podcast: James Ramsay (1733-1789): Scottish Abolitionism in the Anglo-Atlantic WorldNon-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products
525 Years in the Pursuit of Truth Podcast: James Beattie (1735-1803): Philosopher and PoetNon-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products
525 Years in the Pursuit of Truth Podcast: Thomas Reid (1710-1796): The Wise Club in the Aberdeen EnlightenmentNon-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products
525 Years in the Pursuit of Truth Podcast: Duncan Liddel (1561-1613): Medicine and Mathematics during Northern Europe's Age of ConfessionalisationNon-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products
525 Years in the Pursuit of Truth Podcast: The Local Rise and International Role of Marischal College, 1593-1860Non-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products