An Essay on the History of Civil Society (1767)
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Published in 1767 while Ferguson was Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh, the Essay is his masterpiece, its historical and political content much admired by contemporaries in Scotland, London and Europe. It offered a view of human progress and civic society that encouraged both commercial success and the political engagement of every citizen, and favoured classical republicanism over monarchy. Facsimile reprint. No jacket.