Adam Ferguson in the Scottish Enlightenment

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Harvard University Press, Mar 1, 2013 - History - 288 pages
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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 democracy could become a self-undermining path to dictatorship. This is a major reassessment of a critic overshadowed today by David Hume and Adam Smith.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Military Government and Empire in the Scottish Enlightenment
Ferguson and the Moral Foundations of Civil Society
Trajectories of the Modern Commercial State
Britains Future in a Roman Mirror
CivilMilitary Union and the Modern State
Revolution and Modern Republicanism
Conclusion
Index
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