Journal of Scottish Philosophy

The Journal of Scottish Philosophy publishes innovative work by philosophers and historians of ideas on all aspects and every period of the Scottish philosophical tradition – philosophical psychology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics and moral philosophy, political and social theory, from the late scholastics of the 15th century through the 18th century Enlightenment philosophers to the Scottish Idealists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Since its foundation in 2003, the JSP has established itself as an internationally acknowledged source of new philosophical work of the highest intellectual standard. Since Volume 5 (2007), some issues are guest edited on a special theme. 

From Volume 13 the JSP increased to three issues a year in order to include many more book reviews, critical studies and review articles. The Reviews Editor is Tim Costelloe (College of William and Mary). Both books for review, and offers to review should be addressed to him.

The JSP is available both in print and on-line. Each issue contains a ‘featured article’ which is permanently accessible on-line free of charge.

Full information about subscribing and submitting to the JSP, contents of the current issue, featured article, free access to a sample issue, and the address to which books for review should be sent can be found at the JSP website.

CFP: Forthcoming Issues

Scottish Enlightenment Theories of Social and Cultural Development
Edited by Becko Copenhaver.

Scottish philosophers and scientists in the 18th and 19th centuries applied the methods of the new science to the study of the human mind. But they did so with an interest in the improvement and cultivation of mind. Their interests ranged from what we would now call developmental psychology, anthropology, and sociology, to linguistics and theories of education. And these studies were intended to apply to innovations in practical activities from agriculture to economics. The human mind was their object of study, but they did not approach it as an isolated, individual, internal phenomenon. Rather, their interest in and understanding of mind was ineliminably social and cultural. In this special issue of the Journal of Scottish philosophy, we invite papers that contribute to our understanding of this tradition. We invite papers examining Hutcheson, Reid, Hume, Smith, Ferguson, Shepherd as well as other figures who examined the development of the human mind in society. 

Deadline for submission is August 1, 2021. Submissions should be sent to, and marked 'Special Issue' in the subject line.

Submissions for non-themed issues are always welcome. Submission guidelines can be found at the EUP website.


Library of Scottish Philosophy

The Library of Scottish Philosophy is a series of specially commissioned books intended to provide teachers, students and the general reader with easy and inexpensive access to both well known and less well known writers in the Scottish philosophical tradition. Selections are organized around a particular author, or a more general theme. Published by Imprint Academic in the UK and distributed by Ingram in the USA, these paperback selections are edited and introduced by experts from Europe, Asia and America. They can be purchased on Amazon or directly from the publisher.

Recently Published in the series

Reid on Religion ed James J S Foster, University of Sioux Falls with an introduction by Nicholas Wolterstorff
 This volume includes a careful reconstruction of Thomas Reid’s (unpublished) lectures on natural religion based on sets of student notes, together with related materials from both published and unpublished works. In addition to the editor’s explanatory introduction, the distinguished philosopher and Reid interpreter Nicholas Wolterstorff has provided a philosophical commentary on the lectures.

Lord Kames: Selected Writings ed Andreas Rahmatian, University of Glasgow
 Henry Home, Lord Kames (1696-1792), was both a jurist and a major contributor to the literary and philosophical world of 18th century Scotland. For the first time, this anthology makes available a modernized selection from his very extensive writings on history, philosophy and legal theory.

Edinburgh Studies in Scottish Philosophy

The aim of this series, published by Edinburgh University Press, is to advance scholarly knowledge and understanding in directions and at a level that is somewhat underserved at present. It will include innovative studies on major figures and themes as well as relatively neglected authors and periods. Volumes will cover the full range of Scottish philosophy over five centuries – from the medieval period through the Reformation and Enlightenment, to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It will include new studies of acclaimed philosophers such David Hume, Adam Smith and Thomas Reid, other figures from the Scottish Enlightenment on whom (in comparison) relatively little work has been done, and studies of Scottish philosophy before and after the 18th century. The interface between theology and philosophy falls within the scope of the series, especially in connection with reformed theology and late scholasticism in the 16th and 17th centuries, and the theologically driven philosophy of much of the 19th century.

The distinctive approach of the series will make the combination of critical engagement pertinent to contemporary philosophical debates with historical sensitivity to textual context and interpretation the principal criterion for inclusion. Current academic specialization means that a series of books in which historical sensitivity and philosophical substance are combined brings a welcome new intellectual approach to the topics selected.

The first book in the series – Hume’s Sceptical Enlightenment by Ryo Susato – was published in September 2015. Initial inquiries respecting proposals for further volumes should be sent to the series editor

OUP History of Scottish Philosophy

In 2007 the Princeton Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy initiated a comprehensive multi-volume, multi-authored history of Scottish philosophy to be published by Oxford University Press.


The first two volumes were published in 2015, and details of these can be found on the OUP website:

In preparation

  • Scottish Philosophy in the 18th Century edited by Aaron Garret and James A Harris. Volume 2: Method, Mind and Matter
  • Scottish Philosophy in the 17th Century edited Alexander Broadie and Roger Mason

Also planned

  • Scottish Philosophy in the Renaissance

Proposals for additional volumes in the series are welcome, and should be sent FAO to Gordon Graham at