Hume's History, Smith's Sentiments, Ferguson's Essay; Civilisation, War and the Scottish Enlightenment

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Title Hume's History, Smith's Sentiments, Ferguson's Essay; Civilisation, War and the Scottish Enlightenment
Author Buchan, Bruce Alexander
Publication Title Proceedings of the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2003
Editor D.M. Jones
Year Published 2003
Place of publication Hobart
Publisher Australasian Political Studies Association
Abstract For many of the major thinkers associated with the Scottish Enlightenment, civilisation was not merely a condition of refinement, but a process of social development. Many of these thinkers sought to identify the major moral, social, economic and historical forces that drove this process forward. Typically, commentators have identified the role of economic development (specifically, commerce and trade), the extension of self-interest, the growth of sociality, or the division of labour as among the most important of those forces. It will be argued in this paper however, that alongside these explanations was a shared emphasis among key Scottish Englightenment thinkers on the military underpinnings of the civilising process. The theories of civilisation developed by David Hume, Adam Smith, and Adam Ferguson shared a 'military template', and this paper will focus on the main features of that template, identifying strong connections as well as some of the tensions between their analyses of the civilising process.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author[s] 2003. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the conference's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Conference name Australasian Political Studies Association Conference
Location Hobart
Date From 2003-09-29
Date To 2003-10-01
Date Accessioned 2004-02-19
Date Available 2015-06-04T03:43:22Z
Language en_US
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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