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Ferguson: An Essay on the History of Civil Society (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) [Paperback]

Adam Ferguson , Fania Oz-Salzberger

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1 Feb 1996 Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
Adam Ferguson's 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 Hume's and Smith's 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 Ferguson's 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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Adam Ferguson's Essay on the History of Civil Society is a classic of the Scottish, and European, Enlightenment. Ferguson combines a subtle analysis of modern society with a critique of its abandonment of communal virtues, and boldly attempts to reclaim the tradition of active citizenship in the modern state.

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Fania Oz-Salzberger is Professor of History at the University of Haifa and director of the Posen Forum for Political Thought at the Faculty of Law. She has authored books and articles on the history of political thought.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Mind-Numbingly Dull 5 Jan 2012
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Required reading for an otherwise fantastic class. I read most of this book and the prose is so dense, so uninteresting, that whatever useful information there was... yeah, its dull and stupid. There are far better books on civil society out there- stay away.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ferguson: An Essay on the History of Civil Society 4 Jan 2007
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I had to purchase this material for a class which was extremely boring but somewhat thought provoking in the end it wasn't worth the money or the class time so much more could've come out of the this piece. I would rather sell this book back to amazon.com if I can
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