The Göttingen Scholars: Natural Law and the British Constitution

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

The Göttingen Scholars: Natural Law and the British Constitution

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This chapter examines the reception of Adam Ferguson's works at the University of Göttingen in Germany. The Scottish works made a timely entry in Göttingen, where history was instrumental in initiating several new intellectual projects. Some Göttingen scholars considered Ferguson to be the first to distinguish historically between state and society. This chapter argues that while Ferguson might have influenced the spread of the concept of civil society in Germany, he should not be credited with the distinction between society.

Keywords: Adam Ferguson; Germany; civil society; University of Göttingen

Chapter.  11638 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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