Ferguson, A (1723.6.20-1816.2.22)
Birthplace Perthshire, Scotland.
Degree BA Univ. Edinburgh.
Posts Held Military Chaplain; Keeper, Advocate's Library, Edinburgh; Prof. Nat. Phil., Prof. Nat. Phil., Prof. Moral Phil., Univ. Edinburgh, 1759-64, 1764-85.
Offices and Honours Founder Member, Royal Soc. Edinburgh; Hon. Member, Berlin Academy Sciences.
Publications Books: 1. An Essay on the History of Civil Society (1767, 1978); 2. Institutes of Moral Philosophy (1769, 1800); 3. History of the Progress and Termination of the Roman Republic, 3 vols (1783, 1841); 4. Principles of Moral and Political Science, 2 vols (1792).
Career Scottish moral philosopher whose History of Civil Society has been identified as an eraly example of sociological method. His work is of interest to economists because of the clear exposition of the principle of the division of labour in economy and society, which almost certainly had a major influence on Adam Smith.
Secondary Literature D, Kettler, The social and Political Thought of Adam Ferguson (Ohio State Univ. Press, 1965); W. C. Lehmann, `Ferguson, Adam', International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences , D. L. Sills (ed.) (Macmillan and Free Press, 1968), vol. 5.
An Essay on the Histoty of Civil Society (Part 1-Part 6) (socsci.mcmaster.ca)
An Essay on the Histoty of Civil Society (Part 1-Part 6) (ecn.bris.ac.uk)
An Essay on the Histoty of Civil Society (Part 1-Part 6) (unimelb.edu.au)
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