Patrick Geddes and the Scottish Generalist Tradition: The Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland as the Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture for 2009

Murdo Macdonald

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    This paper is an original rethinking of the relationship between Patrick Geddes’ cultural and ecological thinking and the intellectual culture of which he was part. It draws together, for an interdisciplinary readership, the key points of my research over the last 10 years. Patrick Geddes’ influence as a pioneer of town planning has received considerable attention. However his intellectual and cultural background in Scotland has, for the most part, been overlooked or misunderstood. That lack of analysis distorts both the view of his support for international cultural revivals (in particular in India) and the significance of his global ecological vision. This paper redresses that balance by attending to the historical and cultural starting points of Geddes’ thinking in the Scottish generalist tradition (the ‘Democratic Intellect’), placed with reference to Geddes’ international cultural influences and activities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)40-56
    Number of pages17
    JournalScottish Affairs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009
    EventSir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 20 May 200920 May 2009


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