Ferguson: An Essay on the History of Civil Society / Edition 1

Ferguson: An Essay on the History of Civil Society / Edition 1

by Adam Ferguson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521447364

ISBN-13: 9780521447362

Pub. Date: 02/01/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521447362
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1996
Series:
Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
322
Sales rank:
444,496
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

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.

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