By Eugene Heath, Vincenzo Merolle
Expanding numbers of students have famous Ferguson's contribution to Enlightenment considering, 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 knowing of background and human motion. detailed one of the prime figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, Ferguson observed eighteenth-century revolutions, the yank and the French. On those and on many different vital modern matters, the perspectives he expressed contributed to shaping public opinion. yet his paintings right here additionally extends again to Roman occasions, 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 heritage, he investigated the character of background 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)
In mid-December, he took out the first volume of the Works of Sir Francis Bacon, probably On the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Humane. The year 1767 saw the publication of Ferguson’s most famous work, An Essay on the History of Civil Society. The only volumes borrowed from the library and cited in this edition were Dio Cassius and Plutarch. His library use that year was limited to Johann Georg Graevius’s 1684 edition of Cicero’s [Orationes ex recensione] [Revised Speeches].
That Virtue is Founded in the Nature of Things, is unalterable, and eternal, and the great Means of private and publick Happiness[,] With Some Reflections on a late Book [by Francis Hutcheson], intitled An Enquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue], published in Edinburgh in 1733. At the same time Ferguson also borrowed An Enquiry, Hutcheson’s first work, originally published in Ferguson’s Use of the Edinburgh University Library 43 1725. In addition to [The True] Intellectual System [of the Universe: the first part; wherein all the Reason and Philosophy of Atheism is confuted] (1678) by Ralph Cudworth, a Cambridge Platonist, Ferguson chose the first volume of Thomas Hobbes’s Opera, which included Humane Nature and De Corpore Politico or the Elements of Law.
A brief statistical summary concludes the essay, along with an – 39 – 40 Adam Ferguson: History, Progress and Human Nature appendix that lists, by author, all of the borrowed books and the year in which they were borrowed. Ferguson’s Personal Library When Adam Ferguson died in 1816, in his ninety-third year, he left 163 folio and quarto and 1,200 octavo volumes, inventoried and appraised by Andrew and John Scott, booksellers in St Andrews, at £32 12s. 1 Individual books were not listed. A few years after his death, Ferguson’s manuscripts, a collection of 32 unpublished essays which had been in the hands of Sir John Macpherson, were returned to Scotland and, for safekeeping, came into the possession of Hugh Cleghorn, a family friend present when Ferguson died.
Adam Ferguson: History, Progress and Human Nature (The Enlightenment World: Political and Intellectual History of the Long Eighteenth Century) by Eugene Heath, Vincenzo Merolle