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Published: 01 January 2019

264 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474413275

Bookseller Code (06)

Adam Ferguson and the Idea of Civil Society

Moral Science in the Scottish Enlightenment

First Edition

Craig Smith

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Studies in Scottish Philosophy

  • The first monograph explicitly devoted to the idea of civil society in the work of Adam Ferguson--its earliest British exponent
  • Places civil society at the heart of a study of Ferguson's methodology of social science
  • Contributes to the history and understanding of a key concept in contemporary social and political thinking
  • Challenges the existing interpretations of Ferguson as a sceptic about commercial modernity who was more of an old-fashioned stoic or republican moralist than a fully signed up member of the Scottish Enlightenment

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