The idea of a commercial society pp 194 210 my aim in this concluding chapter is to identify what the scots understand by commercial society and what is distinctive about it this exercise will also serve to highlight particular episodes in the story told in the preceding chapters. The book examines the writings of the scottish enlightenment focusing on their conception of a commercial society this focus captures both what the scottish enlightenment is now best known for as well as what contemporaneously most engaged its participants. A definitive exposition of a key idea shaping the world we know today the most arresting aspect of the scottish enlightenment is its conception of commercial society as a distinct and distinctive social formation. He is best known for his work on the scottish enlightenment and on the idea of luxury and he has given invited keynote lectures on these themes in china japan chile the us and in europe he is an elected fellow of the royal society of edinburgh. The idea of commercial society in the scottish enlightenment by christopher j berry
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