By Eugene Heath, Vincenzo Merolle
Expanding numbers of students have well-known 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 heritage and human motion. targeted one of the top figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, Ferguson observed eighteenth-century revolutions, the yank and the French. On those and on many different vital modern topics, the perspectives he expressed contributed to shaping public opinion. yet his paintings the following 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 techniques on and defined historical past, he investigated the character of historical past itself.
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Additional resources for Adam Ferguson: History, Progress and Human Nature (The Enlightenment World: Political and Intellectual History of the Long Eighteenth Century)
Fagg Adam Ferguson’s interests were as wide ranging as his writings. Yet the sources of his thought are not always easy to locate. By the standards of the twenty-first century, the citations in his works are quite minimal. If one is to search for the historical, literary and philosophical works that engaged his attention as he prepared his lectures, wrote his essays and composed his books, then one must move outside Ferguson’s own writings. Of course, the obvious place to look is his personal library, not to mention his letters and what they reveal about that library.
The sixth was Pliny the Younger, Natural History, edited by J. Harduinus in 1685. Only ten days later the Professor returned for six more books. He selected Glossarium Mediae [et Infimae] Graecitatis [Glossary of Medieval and Late Greek] by Charles du Fresne, seigneur DuCange (1688), in two folio volumes, and De jure [jurando] veterum, [imprimis] Rom[anorum] [On the Oath-Taking of the Ancients, particularly the Romans] by Theodorus Regnerus de Bassenn (1728). Another was most likely Ovid’s Signii Fasti Romani [Roman Holidays], though Ferguson did not list the author’s name.
In short, he was, both by temperament and by dint of long and varied experience, the least insular of Enlightenment philosophers. Appropriately, therefore, his Essay, for all its connections with distinctively Scottish intellectual traditions and urgent Scottish concerns, had already amply demonstrated that it was as expansive, as wide-ranging and as adventurous as its remarkable author. 3 FERGUSON’S USE OF THE EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY LIBRARY: 1764–1806 Jane B. Fagg Adam Ferguson’s interests were as wide ranging as his writings.
Adam Ferguson: History, Progress and Human Nature (The Enlightenment World: Political and Intellectual History of the Long Eighteenth Century) by Eugene Heath, Vincenzo Merolle