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Adam Ferguson, David Allan

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Aberdeen Introductions to Irish and Scottish Culture

Available Open Access - free to read and free to download from Aberdeen University Press. Link below.



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Allan, David (2007) Adam Ferguson, Aberdeen Introductions to Irish and Scottish Culture, Aberdeen: AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Culture, pp.169 + vi. ISBN: 978-1-906108-00-7

Available Open Access: https://doi.org/10.57132/book11

Adam Ferguson (1723-1816) was among the Scottish Enlightenment’s most influential philosophers as well as one of its most colourful and engaging characters. His pioneering contributions to the development of political economy and social theory have long been acknowledged—though, unfortunately, they have also often been misrepresented. At the same time, it is clear that the significance both of his professional activities as a distinguished university teacher in Edinburgh and of his status as one of the eighteenth century’s foremost historians of the Roman republic has been insufficiently appreciated. This innovative study of Ferguson’s life and ideas sets out to introduce this much-misunderstood figure to a new and wider audience. Paying particular attention to the powerful intellectual currents which converged so fruitfully in his writings, it explores the deep Scottish and European roots of Ferguson’s thought and assesses the continuing pertinence of some of his arguments about the origins and nature of society for an understanding of the modern world.

David Allan is Reader in History at the University of St Andrews. He taught previously at the University of Lancaster, and has also held visiting fellowships at Yale and Brown. His books include Virtue, Learning and the Scottish Enlightenment: Ideas of Scholarship in Early Modern History (1993), Philosophy and Politics in Later Stuart Scotland: Neo-Stoicism, Culture and Ideology in an Age of Crisis, 1540-1690 (2000), and Scotland in the Eighteenth Century: Union and Enlightenment (2002)




1: ‘From Infancy To Manhood’:  Life and Times


2: “The Basis of a Moral Nature”: The Teacher and the Moralist


3: “From Rudeness to Civilization”: The Theorist of Society


4: “Recollection and Foresight”: The Philosopher and the Historian


5: “Those Arts of Deliberation, Elocution, Policy, and War”: The Political Philosopher


6: “I Had Almost Said Universal Success”: Impact and Influence