One of Professor La Vopa's main contributions during his time at the University of Edinburgh was to research on a volume, which was published in 2011 (Thomas Ahnert and Susan Manning [eds.], Character, Self and Sociability in the Scottish Enlightenment). The key finding of the volume was that the notion of 'character' played a central, and previously neglected role in Scottish Enlightenment thought on morality and society. Looking at the many contexts in which discussions of personal identity appear in relation with sociability and ethics in Scottish epistemological, ethical, historical, religious, and literary writing in the century following the publication of Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature in 1739–40, the chapters in this volume collectively reveal the distinctive contribution made by Scottish Enlightenment writing to eighteenth-century discussions of character and, in the final chapter, argue its shaping importance for the Victorian understanding of moral character.
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