An Essay on the History of Civil Society (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) Paperback – 31 Jan 1992
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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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Adam Ferguson (1723-1816) was one of the central figures in the Scottish Enlightenment. His Essay on the History of Civil Society (first published in 1767) is a bold and novel attempt to reclaim the tradition of active citizenship and apply it to the modern state. 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. His fascination with the theory of unintended consequences as a model of historical causality does not deter him from insisting on the irreplaceable value of individual, public-minded members of political society.See all Product description
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on 5 January 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
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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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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