Ferguson An Essay on the History of Civil Society

ISBN-10: 0521447364

ISBN-13: 9780521447362

Edition: 1996

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Adam Fergusons 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 Humes and Smiths 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 Fergusons 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.
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List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 322
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Of the general characteristics of human nature
Of the history of rude nations
Of the history of policy and arts
Of the consequences that result from advancement of civil and commercial arts
Of the decline of nations
Of corruption and political slavery
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