James Beattie Engraving by William Ridley , Courtesy Wikimedia Commons. James Beattie 25 October - 18 August was a Scottish poet , essayist , philosopher, and academic. Beattie was born the son of a shopkeeper and small farmer at Laurencekirk in the Mearns, and educated at Aberdeen University. In , he was appointed professor of moral philosophy there as a result of the interest of his intimate friend, Robert Arbuthnot of Haddo.
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James Beattie was appointed professor of moral philosophy and logic at Marischal College, Aberdeen, Scotland at the age of twenty-five. Though more fond of poetry than philosophy, he became part of the Scottish 'Common Sense' school of philosophy that included Thomas Reid and George Campbell. In Beattie published the work for which he is best known, An Essay on Truth, an abrasive attack on 'modern scepticism' in general, and on David Hume in particular, subsequently and despite Beattie's attack, Scotland's most famous philosopher. Samuel Johnson declared in that 'We all love Beattie'. Hume, on the other hand, described the Essay as 'a horrible large lie in octavo', and dismissed its author as a 'bigotted silly Fellow'.
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