|Reseña:||The most arresting aspect of the Scottish Enlightenment is its conception of commercial society as a distinct and distinctive social formation. Christopher Berry explains why Enlightenment thinkers considered commercial society to be wealthier and freer than earlier forms, and charts the contemporary debates and tensions between Enlightenment thinkers that this idea raised.
"The revolution of the Scottish enlightenment was to inform the emergence of free trade zones, global markets and the financial system that underpins modern capitalism. Berry's account of this shift in understanding is nuanced and informed, and makes some significant contributions to the literature."--Michael P. Brown, University of Aberdeen, The Scottish Historical Review.