Adam Ferguson

 
Profession : Historian ,Philosopher
Nationality : Scottish
Birth : 20th June, 1723
Death : 22nd February, 1816
About : Adam Ferguson FRSE, also known as Ferguson of Raith was a Scottish philosopher and historian of the Scottish Enlightenment. Ferguson was sympathetic to traditional societies, such as the Highlands, for producing courage and loyalty. He criticized commercial society as making men weak, dishonourable and unconcerned for their community. Ferguson has been called "the father of modern sociology." In his seventieth year, Ferguson, intending to prepare a new edition of the history, visited Italy and some of the principal cities of Europe, where he was received with honour by learned societies. From 1795 he resided successively at old Neidpath Castle near Peebles, at Hallyards on Manor Water and at St Andrews, where he died on 22 February 1816.

Adam Ferguson Quotes

Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future; and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.
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In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many.
Like the winds that we come we know not whence and blow whither soever they list, the forces of society are derived from an obscure and distant origin. They arise before the date of philosophy, from the instincts, not the speculations of men.
Tags : Like , Philosophy Topics : Society
Man, in his animal capacity, is qualified to subsist in every climate.
Tags : Capacity , Man Topics : Uncategorized
The artist finds, that the more he can confine his attention to a particular part of any work, his productions are the more perfect, and grow under his hands in the greater quantities.
Tags : Attention , Perfect Topics : Uncategorized
The history of mankind is confined within a limited period, and from every quarter brings an intimation that human affairs have had a beginning.
Tags : Beginning , Human Topics : History

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Anger and hatred lead to fear; compassion and concern for others allow us to develop self-confidence, which breeds trust and friendship.

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