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"Those Scotch Imposters and their Cabal": Ossian and the Scottish Enlightenment

Authors
Journal
Man and Nature
0824-3298
Publisher
Consortium Erudit
Publication Date
Volume
1
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DOI: 10.7202/1011791ar
Disciplines
  • Design
  • Philosophy

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""Those Scotch Imposters and their Cabal": Ossian and the Scottish Enlightenment" Érudit est un consortium interuniversitaire sans but lucratif composé de l'Université de Montréal, l'Université Laval et l'Université du Québec à Montréal. Il a pour mission la promotion et la valorisation de la recherche. Érudit offre des services d'édition numérique de documents scientifiques depuis 1998. Pour communiquer avec les responsables d'Érudit : [email protected] Article Richard B. Sher Man and Nature / L'homme et la nature, vol. 1, 1982, p. 55-63. Pour citer cet article, utiliser l'information suivante : URI: http://id.erudit.org/iderudit/1011791ar DOI: 10.7202/1011791ar Note : les règles d'écriture des références bibliographiques peuvent varier selon les différents domaines du savoir. Ce document est protégé par la loi sur le droit d'auteur. L'utilisation des services d'Érudit (y compris la reproduction) est assujettie à sa politique d'utilisation que vous pouvez consulter à l'URI http://www.erudit.org/apropos/utilisation.html Document téléchargé le 15 February 2014 06:24 ""Those Scotch Imposters and their Cabal": Ossian and the Scottish Enlightenment" 6. "Those Scotch Imposters and their Cabal": Ossian and the Scottish Enlightenment Many a voice and many a harp, in tuneful sounds arose. Of FingaFs noble deeds they sung; of FingaFs noble race: And sometimes, on the lovely sound, was heard the name of Ossian. James Macpherson's Fingal (1761) Although the name of Ossian was heard a great deal during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, it has since become little more than a historical curiosity. We are amazed and amused that so many intelligent, well-educated people could have sincerely believed that the works of Ossian were both completely authentic and (what is perhaps more astounding) aesthetically unsurpassed — even by Homer.1 We have become accustomed to regarding this strange phenomenon as a case of deliberate decep

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