Alexander Broadie

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Alexander Broadie FRSE, Scottish philosopher, emeritus professor of logic and rhetoric, and honorary professorial research fellow at Glasgow University. He writes on the Scottish philosophical tradition, chiefly the philosophy of the Pre-Reformation period, the 17th century, and the Enlightenment.

Broadie attended the Royal High School, Edinburgh, the University of Edinburgh (MA), Balliol College, Oxford (MLitt), and the University of Glasgow (PhD, DLitt). He was Henry Duncan prize lecturer in Scottish Studies, Royal Society of Edinburgh (1990–1993), and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 1991. As Gifford Lecturer in Natural Theology at Aberdeen University in 1994, he delivered a series of Lectures which were published the following year under the title The Shadow of Scotus: Philosophy and Faith in Pre-Reformation Scotland.[1] Since demitting his professorship of Logic and Rhetoric at Glasgow University (held from 1994 to 2009) he has been honorary professorial research fellow there, mainly researching 17th-century Scottish philosophy.

In 2007 Broadie was awarded the degree of DUniv honoris causa by Blaise Pascal University at Clermont-Ferrand in recognition of his contribution to Franco-Scottish collaboration in the field of the history of philosophy.

Broadie's A History of Scottish Philosophy (2009) was named Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year and in July 2018 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society.

During the past decade Broadie has been active in several international networks. His roles have included: Principal Investigator, International Network: 'Scottish philosophy and philosophers in seventeenth-century Scotland and France', 2010-2014, funded by the Leverhulme Trust; and Co-Investigator (with Dr Ramona Fotiade), International Research Network: 'Existential Philosophy and Literature: The Franco-Scottish Connection - Past and Present', (2017-2019), funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is presently working on three books relating to Scottish philosophy of the seventeenth century, as well as co-editing (with Dr Craig Smith) the second edition of The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment and co-editing (with Prof Paul Wood) Thomas Reid and the University, the tenth and final volume in the Edinburgh edition of Thomas Reid, a series to which he has contributed Thomas Reid on Logic, Rhetoric and the Fine Arts (2005).


  • A Samaritan Philosophy (1981)
  • George Lokert: Late-Scholastic Logician (1983)
  • The Circle of John Mair: Logic and Logicians in Pre-Reformation Scotland (1985)
  • Introduction to Medieval Logic (1987), 2nd edn 1993
  • Notion and Object: Aspects of Late-Medieval Epistemology (1989)
  • Paul of Venice: Logica Magna (1990)
  • The Tradition of Scottish Philosophy (1990)
  • Robert Kilwardby, O.P., On Time and Imagination, introduction and Translation (1993)
  • The Shadow of the Scotus: Philosophy and Faith in Pre-Reformation Scotland (1995)
  • The Scottish Enlightenment: An Anthology (1997)
  • Why Scottish Philosophy Matters (2000)
  • The Scottish Enlightenment: The Historical Age of the Historical Nation, Edinburgh (2001), new edn 2007.
  • The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment, sole editor (2003), Chinese edn 2011; 2nd English language edn (co-editor Craig Smith, forthcoming)
  • Thomas Reid on Logic, Rhetoric and the Fine Arts, vol. 5 in the Edinburgh Edition of Thomas Reid. Edinburgh (2005)
  • George Turnbull's Principles of Moral and Christian Philosophy, 2 vols., edited, annotated and with an introduction (2005)
  • A History of Scottish Philosophy (2009), pb edn 2010 (Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year 2009)
  • Agreeable Connexions: Scottish Enlightenment Links with France (2012)
  • Studies in Seventeenth-Century Scottish Philosophers and their Philosophy, guest editor, special issue of journal History of Universities, vol. 29, no. 2 (2017)


  1. ^ "Alexander Broadie, 1942 -, Professor of Logic and Rhetoric, University of Glasgow". Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011.