Adam Ferguson (1723–1816) was a leading figure of the Scottish Enlightenment but his fame has long been eclipsed by those of his contemporaries, David Hume and Adam Smith. As Lisa Hill discusses in her review article on Iain McDaniel's book Adam Ferguson in the Scottish Enlightenment: The Roman Past and Europe’s Future, attempts to recover Ferguson from obscurity are wise: he was interested in a central question of our times: how to prevent large, prosperous and competitive commercial states from degenerating into counter-democratic militarism.
Book title: Adam Ferguson in the Scottish Enlightenment: The Roman Past and Europe’s Future
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Date published: 2013
Author: Iain McDaniel