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525 Years in the Pursuit of Truth:  A New History of The University of Aberdeen

Thomas Reid (1710-1796): The Wise Club in the Aberdeen Enlightenment


The intellectual history of the Aberdeen Philosophical Society, known as the ‘Wise Club’ after its founding in 1758, maps onto the institutional history of King’s and Marischal colleges in the eighteenth century. The proceedings of philosophical and literary societies were woven into the fabric of eighteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment intellectual culture, and, in particular, they promoted collaborative knowledge exchange within a university community.


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