This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the transmission of political ideas during the Enlightenment. This book compares the Scottish and German Enlightenments, discusses Adam Ferguson's ideas in the context of civic discourse and offers an analysis of the translation of political ideas across languages and cultures. It also analyses the relevant works and views of various philosophers including Isaak Iselin, Christian Garve, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, and Friedrich Schiller.
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