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Adam Ferguson

Author Code: EAFX

Born: Jun. 20, 1723 - Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland

Died: Feb. 22, 1815 - St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Educated at St. Andrews where he took a degree in Divinity, Ferguson initially pursued a theological career and became the chaplain of the Black Watch Highlander regiment. He left the clergy in 1754 and turned to literary and philosophical pursuits. He lived in Leipzig for a time and, in 1757, succeeded David Hume as librarian to the Faculty of Advocates at Edinburgh. He soon left this position and became the tutor to the Earl of Bute's family. In 1759, he was appointed professor of natural philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. In 1765, he held the chair in pneumatics and moral philosophy. In 1767, he published Essay on the History of Civil Society which did very well and was translated into many languages. During the American Revolution, Ferguson sided with the views of the British legislature and issued a pamphlet denouncing the Colonists. He was subsequently made secretary of the Carlisle commission which attempted to negotiate peace in 1778. In 1783, he published History of the Progress and Termination of the Roman Republic, which was extremely popular at the time. In 1785, he resigned his academic position and dedicated himself to the publication of his lectures, which appeared in 1792 as Principles of Moral and Political Science. The following year, he travelled throughout Europe and in 1795 began a long retirement. His other works include Reflections Previous to the Establishment of a Militia (1756) and Institutes of Moral Philosophy (1769).

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