Ferguson in Germany: An Overview

Fania Oz-salzberger

in Translating the Enlightenment

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205197
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676543 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Ferguson in Germany: An Overview

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This chapter presents an overview of the reception of the Scottish philosopher in Germany during the Enlightenment. It states that though Ferguson was not the first Scottish writer to be admired by the German Enlightenment, he was one of the most fortunate. He became a favourite reading among educated, literary-minded Germans who considered him ‘a sage of our century’. Four of his major works were translated into German including Essay on the History of Civil Society, History of the Progress and Termination of the Roman Republic, and Institutes of Moral Philosophy.

Keywords: Adam Ferguson; Scottish philosophy; German Enlightenment; Scottish writing; Institutes of Moral Philosophy

Chapter.  3446 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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