Ferguson: An Essay on the History of Civil Society

Ferguson: An Essay on the History of Civil Society

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Adam Ferguson's Essay on the History of Civil Society (first published in 1767) is a classic of the Scottish - and European - Enlightenment. Drawing on such diverse sources as classical authors and contemporary travel literature, Ferguson offers a complex model of historical advance which challenges both Hume's and Smith's embrace of modernity and the primitivism of Rousseau. Ferguson combines a subtle analysis of the emergence of modern commercial society with a critique of its abandonment of civic and communal virtues. Central to Ferguson's theory of citizenship are the themes of conflict, play, political participation and military valour. The Essay is a bold and novel attempt to reclaim the tradition of active, virtuous citizenship and apply it to the modern state.for dominion, have exhibited scenes of oppression, or servility, which the most finished corruption of the arrogant, the ... The parent supplies themarket for slaves, even by thesaleof his own children; the cottageceases to be asanctuary foranbsp;...

Title:Ferguson: An Essay on the History of Civil Society
Author:Adam Ferguson
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1996-02-01


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