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Ferguson: An Essay on the History of Civil Society

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: February 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521442152

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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 combines a subtle analysis of modern commercial society with a critique of its abandonment of civic and communal virtues. Central themes in Ferguson's theory of citizenship are conflict, play, political participation and military valor. The Essay is a bold and novel attempt to reclaim the tradition of active citizenship in the modern state.

    • Classic work of the Enlightenment, by a figure at the centre of the eighteenth-century Scottish intellectual milieu
    • Draws on classical literature, travel writing, and Ferguson's knowledge of the Gaelic communities where he was brought up
    • Theme of active citizenship an important one today
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    • Date Published: February 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521442152
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Of the general characteristics of human nature
    2. Of the history of rude nations
    3. Of the history of policy and arts
    4. Of the consequences that result from advancement of civil and commercial arts
    5. Of the decline of nations
    6. Of corruption and political slavery.

  • Author

    Adam Ferguson

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    Fania Oz-Salzberger, University of Haifa, Israel and Monash University, Victoria
    Fania Oz-Salzberger is Professor of History at the University of Haifa and director of the Posen Forum for Political Thought at the Faculty of Law. She has authored books and articles on the history of political thought.

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