The Scottish Enlightenment embarked on nothing less than a massive reordering of human knowledge. It sought to transform every branch of learning—literature and the arts; the social sciences; biology, chemistry, geology, and the other physical and natural sciences—into a series of organized disciplines that could be taught and passed on to posterity.
Virginia Woolf said that the biography as a genre was only established itself in second half of the 18th century. We know very little about
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) has been described as a man of the Renaissance, while James Boswell (1740-1795) embraced the changes coming in the second half of