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Expanding numbers of students have famous Ferguson's contribution to Enlightenment pondering, yet no collections of scholarly essays were dedicated to him. during this, the 1st of 2 comparable monographs, essays variety throughout all of Ferguson's works to enquire his engagement with modern occasions and his contributions to our figuring out of background and human motion. particular one of the prime figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, Ferguson observed eighteenth-century revolutions, the yankee and the French. On those and on many different vital modern topics, the perspectives he expressed assisted in shaping public opinion. yet his paintings the following additionally extends again to Roman instances, approximately which he drew comparisons with the society of his day. As proven in those essays, he not just provided his strategies on and defined historical past, he investigated the character of historical past itself.
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Extra info for Adam Ferguson: History, Progress and Human Nature (The Enlightenment World: Political and Intellectual History of the Long Eighteenth Century)
12 In October, he wrote to his friend Alexander Carlyle that he had John Robison’s Proofs of a Conspiracy against all the Religions and Government of Europe, carried on in the Secret Meetings of Free-Masons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies; Collected from Good Authorities. 15 These books are obviously only a fraction of Ferguson’s library. Perhaps scholars studying the history of the book trade will be able to locate the archival materials necessary to reconstruct his holdings. Fortunately, another source is available which provides a window into Ferguson’s literary and scholarly interests.
Hume’s political discourse, of the Populousness of antient nations] (1753). The other, in October, was a two-folio edition of Dio Cassius, probably the History of Rome. In January 1766, he borrowed The History of Philosophy: [containing the Lives, Opinions, Actions, and Discourses of the Philosophers of Every Sect], a seventeenth-century classic by Thomas Stanley. This selection was followed in March by Conyers Middleton’s [History of the] Life of Cicero (1741). In the autumn, Ferguson published a textbook, Analysis of Pneumatics and Moral Philosophy.
M. 17 Robertson supervised the rigorous collection of the matriculation fees used to fund the library, recruited the efficient Duke Gordon as underlibrarian and promoted the work of professor of Hebrew James Robertson as honorary librarian, assisted by a committee of faculty curators. 18 Instituted in 1764, the system used to regulate circulation involved a receipt book for the students – refundable upon the book’s return – to cover the replacement cost of the book. Each professor had his own pages to list the date, mark the volumes being borrowed and, beginning in 1773, sign his name.