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Translating the EnlightenmentScottish Civic Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Germany$
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Fania Oz-Salzberger

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205197

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205197.001.0001

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Ferguson in Germany: An Overview

Ferguson in Germany: An Overview

(p.130) 5 Ferguson in Germany: An Overview
Translating the Enlightenment

Fania Oz-salzberger

Oxford University Press

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

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