Notes taken down by H L Scott on the lectures of G Cook, 1831-1832.

Scope and Content

Notes on the lectures of George Cook, professor of moral theology, United College, University of St Andrews, taken down by Henry L Scott.

Volume I:

  • p.i Title page.
  • pp.1-7 Introduction.
  • pp.7-13 On knowledge and induction.
  • pp.13-15 On duration.
  • pp.16-40, 44-58, 60-63 On perception.
  • pp.40-43 On innate ideas.
  • pp.59-60 On the history of metaphysics.
  • pp.63-69 On memory.
  • pp.70-72 On imagination.
  • pp.72-74 On dreaming.
  • pp.74-75 On abstraction.
  • pp.76-78 On judgment.
  • pp.78-82 On belief.
  • pp.82-84 On reasoning.
  • Pp.85-102 On appetites.
  • pp.102-110 On liberty.
  • pp.110-130 On moral obligation.
  • pp.130-132 On conscience.
  • pp.132-134 On virtue.
  • pp.137-167 On natural religion.
  • pp.167-180 On the soul.

Volume II: Ethics

  • p.i Title page.
  • pp.1-29 On ethics.
  • pp.30-37 On marriage.
  • pp.38-43 On parental duty.
  • pp.44-47 On filial duty.
  • pp.48-64, 79-81 On property.
  • pp.64-69, 100-102 On duties and rights.
  • pp.70-78 On liberty.
  • pp.82-87 On veracity.
  • pp.88-99 On oaths and contracts.
  • pp.103-111 On benevolence.
  • pp.112-143 On government.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Cook was born in 1773, the second son of John Cook, professor of moral philosophy from 1773 to 1815 at the United College of St Salvator and St Leonard at St Andrews University. George studied at the United College and then at St Mary’s College until 1795. He served as minister of Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire, being awarded a DD in 1808, until he was appointed as professor of moral theology at the United College from 1828. He remained in this position until his death in 1845. He was elected to the General Assembly in 1836 and later represented the University at meetings of the heritors of the parish of St Andrews. He objected to the appointment of a layman, Dr John Hunter, as principal of the United College in 1835 because the charter of St Salvator’s made it clear that an layman was ineligible for such an office. He also objected to the conferring of a DD on Rev Robert Bulmer in 1840 because residence requirements at St Mary’s College had not been met. He served on the committee appointed to prepare an alphabetical catalogue of the library. His brother John was also a professor at the University, firstly in Hebrew and then divinity and biblical criticism.

Henry Lowrie Scott was registered as a student at the United College for only one year, 1831-1832, and studied Latin, mathematics and ethics; he was the son of John Scott from Perth and Agnes Lowrie.

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Bookseller’s plate of J Dewar, 25 George Street, Perth in both volumes.