Lecturer and senior researcher in Enlightenment philosophy and politics
Hitotsubashi university and Keio University (SFC Institute)
History of the French and Scottish Enlightenments; the influence of early modern republicanism on eighteenth-century Europe.
The Scottish Enlightenment is an epoch-making intellectual current within the European history of sociability. First, this is an exceptional blending of the theory and practice of sociable culture, which was rendered possible by refined urban settings in middle-scale cities, distinct from both London and Paris. Secondly, the Scottish Enlightenment unprecedentedly contributed to theorising sociability not only through systematic analysis of human social nature, but also writing philosophical or ‘conjectural’ histories of the development of human societies, which would at least partly be succeeded by historical sociology developed in the post-Enlightenment period.