Adam Ferguson

1723 - 1816

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Adam Ferguson, FRSE (Scottish Gaelic: Adhamh MacFhearghais), also known as Ferguson of Raith (1 July N.S./20 June O.S. 1723 – 22 February 1816), was a Scottish philosopher and historian of the Scottish Enlightenment. Ferguson was sympathetic to traditional societies, such as the Highlands, for producing courage and loyalty. He criticized commercial society as making men weak, dishonourable and unconcerned for their community. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Adam Ferguson has received more than 194,681 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia. Adam Ferguson is the 492nd most popular philosopher (up from 518th in 2019), the 1,034th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,077th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular British Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Adam Ferguson ranks 492 out of 1,089Before him are André Gorz, Philodemus, A. J. Ayer, Eduard Spranger, John Toland, and Karl Löwith. After him are Nezahualcoyotl, Eudemus of Rhodes, Shantideva, Hasdai Crescas, Carl Stumpf, and William of Champeaux.

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Among people born in 1723, Adam Ferguson ranks 7Before him are Adam Smith, Baron d'Holbach, Frederick V of Denmark, Joshua Reynolds, Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, and Carl Friedrich Abel. After him are Mathurin Jacques Brisson, Anna Amalia, Abbess of Quedlinburg, Johann Bernhard Basedow, Jean-François Marmontel, Tobias Mayer, and Nicole-Reine Lepaute. Among people deceased in 1816, Adam Ferguson ranks 9Before him are Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Pierre Augereau, Francisco de Miranda, Frederick I of Württemberg, Roger Ducos, and Gavrila Derzhavin. After him are Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Bülow, Friedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, Johann Hieronymus Schröter, Frederick William, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg, and Louis-Bernard Guyton de Morveau.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Adam Ferguson ranks 1,034 out of 6,924Before him are Edmund Leighton (1852), John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718), Lord Alfred Douglas (1870), Roddy McDowall (1928), Michael Nyman (1944), and Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald (1775). After him are Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire (1477), Isabella Bird (1831), James Dewar (1842), Peter Shilton (1949), Karl Jenkins (1944), and Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Adam Ferguson ranks 32Before him are Francis Hutcheson (1694), Alan Watts (1915), Roger Scruton (1944), Alasdair MacIntyre (1929), Gilbert Ryle (1900), and A. J. Ayer (1910). After him are Harriet Taylor Mill (1807), John Austin (1790), Thomas Reid (1710), R. G. Collingwood (1889), David Hartley (1705), and Alexander of Hales (1175).