Adam Ferguson: History, Progress and Human Nature (The by Eugene Heath, Vincenzo Merolle

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 diversity throughout all of Ferguson's works to enquire his engagement with modern occasions and his contributions to our realizing of background and human motion. distinct 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 assisted in 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 innovations on and defined heritage, he investigated the character of background itself.

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Along the same line was [Ambrosius Theodosius] Macrobius’s Opera, edited in 1670 by [ Jakob Gronovi[us], which included the Saturnalia [The Festival of Saturn]. Another was Dio Cassius, [Roman History], edited by Johannes Leunclavius in Frankfurt in 1592. This selection was accompanied by Epitome do[i]nis, an abridgement of the same work, prepared by [ John] Xiphilinus of Constantinople (1750–2). 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.

For the Use of Students in the College of Edinburgh. ) 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.

Others followed where Fordun and his continuator Walter Bower had led. In effect, they conceived the Scottish past in ways that addressed the unresolved problem of Scotland’s hotly contested political and ethnic autonomy within the British Isles. Hector Boece, for example, used his Scotorum historiae (1526) to re-assert Fordun’s narrative rather less prosaically, even as his contemporary John Mair, a Paris-based scholar precociously Ferguson and Scottish History 27 interested in rapprochement between Scotland and England, produced the Historia maioris Britanniae (1521) in which unionism was promoted by offering a notably irenical account of the two peoples’ intimate relations and natural affinities.

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