Adam Ferguson: Philosophy, Politics and Society

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-11-01
  • Publisher: Routledge
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"In these essays, scholars analyse Ferguson's philosophical, political and sociological writings and the discourse which they prompted between Ferguson and other important figures such as David Hume and Adam Smith." "Much secondary literature on Ferguson is discussed, which highlights how Ferguson can be best understood as a social theorist who employed elements of many strains of thought to reconcile tensions of modernity. Crucially, Ferguson's thoughts on these far-reaching topics are difficult to classify so have often been misrepresented elsewhere. This book addresses these misconceptions."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Life and Works
Ferguson the Highlanderp. 9
Adam Ferguson, the 43rd, and the Fictions of Fontenoyp. 25
Why Did David Hume Dislike Adam Ferguson's Essay on the History of Civil Society?p. 45
Hume as Critic of Ferguson's Essayp. 73
The Two Adams: Ferguson and Smith on Sympathy and Sentimentp. 89
A Complicated Vision: The Good Polity in Adam Ferguson's Thoughtp. 107
Adam Ferguson and Enlightened Provincial Ideology in Scotlandp. 125
'But Art Itself is Natural to Man': Ferguson and the Principle of Simultaneityp. 143
Ferguson and the Unintended Emergence of Social Orderp. 155
Notesp. 169
Works Citedp. 223
Indexp. 241
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