Adam Ferguson in the Scottish Enlightenment: The Roman Past and Europe's Future

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Authors

Iain McDaniel

Year 2013
Pages 288
Publisher Harvard University Press
Language en
ISBN 9780674072961
File Size 1.45 MB
File Format PDF
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Although overshadowed by his contemporaries Adam Smith and David Hume, the Scottish philosopher Adam Ferguson strongly influenced eighteenth-century currents of political thought. A major reassessment of this neglected figure, Adam Ferguson in the Scottish Enlightenment: The Roman Past and Europe’s Future sheds new light on Ferguson as a serious critic, rather than an advocate, of the Enlightenment belief in liberal progress. Unlike the philosophes who looked upon Europe’s growing prosperity and saw confirmation of a utopian future, Ferguson saw something else: a reminder of Rome’s lesson that egalitarian democracy could become a self-undermining path to dictatorship.