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Andrew Marr on the Scottish Enlightenment

Escaping from the World Cup yesterday, I saw Andrew Marr's programme on the Scottish Enlightenment (BBC 4). I enjoyed it and strongly agreed with his conclusion, viz. that the values of the Enlightenment are currently under threat from the mounting wave of religious fundamentalism and other irrationalities.

One gripe: the actor portraying David Hume pronounced Charon (the ferryman across the Styx) as "Sharon". As an 18th-century scholar, and a Scot, Hume would have been steeped in the classics and would have been fully aware that the Greek letter "chi" is equivalent to the Scottish "ch" in "loch".


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