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Home, Henry (Lord Kames) (1696–1782)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DB046-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Henry Home (better known as Lord Kames, his title as a Scottish judge of the Courts of Session and Justiciary) was an important promoter of and contributor to the Scottish Enlightenment. His philosophy was a search for causes which could serve as the bases of policies to improve most aspects of Scottish life and thought. His writings, like his involvements in clubs, government bodies and improving economic activities, were all means to enlightened and improving ends. Kames was perhaps the most typical thinker of the Scottish Enlightenment, uniting interests in philosophy, science, belles lettres, history, education and practical improvements of every sort.

Citing this article:
Emerson, Roger L.. Home, Henry (Lord Kames) (1696–1782), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DB046-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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