John Stevenson (1695-1775)

About Stevenson

  • Chair of logic and rhetoric at Edinburgh


  • Used Heineccius, Elementa philosophiae rationalis et moralis as a textbook when Alexander Carlyle studied there in 1735 (Haakonnsen, Natural law 89*)
  • Innovations: first in Scotland to lecture on rhetoric in English, introduced study of belles-lettres and literary style (ODNB*)

*For references, see the Site Bibliography.