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Adam Ferguson

Adam Ferguson as painted by Joshua Reynolds in 1782
Born (1723-06-20)20 June 1723
Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland
Died 22 February 1816(1816-02-22) (aged 92)
St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
University of St Andrews
Era 18th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Scottish Common Sense Realism[1]
Scottish Enlightenment
Institutions University of Edinburgh
Main interests
Sociology, political philosophy, ethics, history

Like the winds that we come we know not whence and blow whither soever they list, the forces of society are derived from an obscure and distant origin. They arise before the date of philosophy, from the instincts, not the speculations of men.
Adam Ferguson
Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future; and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.
Adam Ferguson
The artist finds, that the more he can confine his attention to a particular part of any work, his productions are the more perfect, and grow under his hands in the greater quantities.
Adam Ferguson
In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many.
Adam Ferguson
The history of mankind is confined within a limited period, and from every quarter brings an intimation that human affairs have had a beginning.
Adam Ferguson
Man, in his animal capacity, is qualified to subsist in every climate.