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Scott, Small, and the Edinburgh Edition
Willy Maley
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Alasdair Thanisch

, he complicates its usual teleology and pays attention to the material conditioning of cultural development. As Fania Oz-Salzberger observes in her introduction to Ferguson’s Essay on the History of Civil Society : ‘The essential point here is that, as a political community of men, civil society was always there; and that some of its essential features are not a matter of progress […] Ferguson’s concept of human advance does not append moral improvement to progress in technology, production and wealth’. 21 Ferguson

in John Derricke’s The Image of Irelande: with a Discoverie of Woodkarne