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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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The Göttingen Scholars: Natural Law and the British Constitution

The Göttingen Scholars: Natural Law and the British Constitution

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(p.229) 10 The Göttingen Scholars: Natural Law and the British Constitution
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Translating the Enlightenment
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Fania Oz-salzberger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205197.003.0011

This chapter examines the reception of Adam Ferguson's works at the University of Göttingen in Germany. The Scottish works made a timely entry in Göttingen, where history was instrumental in initiating several new intellectual projects. Some Göttingen scholars considered Ferguson to be the first to distinguish historically between state and society. This chapter argues that while Ferguson might have influenced the spread of the concept of civil society in Germany, he should not be credited with the distinction between society.

Keywords:   Adam Ferguson, Germany, civil society, University of Göttingen

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