This work reveals many of the important roles assigned by thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment to aesthetic matters in their conceptions of contemporary, commercial society, and of civic life more generally.
Henry Home, Lord Kames (1696-1782) was one of the leaders of the Scottish Enlightenment. He was notable for his social influence and his service as a judge in the supreme courts of Scotland. His works were central to the expression of 'enlightenment' and 'natural law' in the Scottish context. Kames mentored Adam Smith, and his friends included David Hume and James Boswell.