James Beattie (25 October 1735 – 18 August 1803 / Laurencekirk in the Mearns, Scotland)
Professor James Beattie FRSE was a Scottish poet, moralist and philosopher.
He was born the son of a shopkeeper and small farmer at Laurencekirk in the Mearns, and educated at Aberdeen University. In 1760, he was appointed Professor of moral philosophy there as a result of the interest of his intimate friend, Robert Arbuthnot of Haddo. In the following year he published a volume of poems, The Judgment of Paris (1765), which attracted attention. The two works, however, which brought him most fame were:
His Essay on the Nature and Immutability of Truth (1770), intended as an answer to David Hume, which had great immediate success, and led to an introduction to the King, a... more »
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- An Epitaph
- Elegy (Tir'd with the busy crouds)
- Elegy, Written In The Year 1758
- Epistle To The Honourable C. B.
- Epitaph [To This Grave Is Committed]
- Epitaph On Two Young Men Of The Name Of ...
- Epitaph, Intended For Himself
- Epitaph: Being Part Of An Inscription Fo...
- Hope Beyond The Grave
- Life And Immortality
- Ode On Lord Hay's BirthDay