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Adam Ferguson in the Scottish enlightenment : the Roman past and Europe's future

Author: Iain McDaniel
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2013.
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Although overshadowed by his contemporaries Adam Smith and David Hume, the Scottish philosopher Adam Ferguson strongly influenced eighteenth-century currents of politcal thought. A major reassessment of this neglected figure, Adam Ferguson in the Scottish englightenment: The Roman past and Europe's future sheds new light on Ferguson as a serious critic, rather than an advocate, of the enlightenment belief in liberal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Adam Ferguson; Adam Ferguson; Adam Ferguson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Iain McDaniel
ISBN: 9780674072961 0674072960
OCLC Number: 810772980
Description: x, 276 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Montesquieu and the unfree republic --
Military government and empire in the Scottish enlightenment --
Ferguson and the moral foundations of civil society --
Trajectories of the modern commercial state --
Britain's future in a Roman mirror --
Civil-military union and the modern state --
Revolution and modern republicanism.
Responsibility: Iain McDaniel.

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Unlike his contemporaries, who saw Europe's prosperity as confirmation of a utopian future, the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher Adam Ferguson saw a reminder of Rome's lesson that egalitarian  Read more...

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The book is a comprehensive guide to Ferguson s political thought. McDaniel gives proper weight to nearly everything his subject wrote, with the Essay on the History of Civil Society" (1767) and Read more...

 
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