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"No distinction of Black or Fair": The Natural History of Race in Adam Ferguson's Lectures on Moral Philosophy (2021)


Recent scholarship on the Scottish Enlightenment has emphasized the increasing importance, in the last decades of the eighteenth century, of the concept of race. Yet race was a conceptual, moral, and taxonomic puzzle for Scots intellectuals such as Adam Ferguson (1723-1816). While the influence of Ferguson's published works has received wide scholarly attention, the content of his teaching has not. His surviving moral philosophy lecture notes offer us a window into the development of thought on race at the disciplinary intersections of moral philosophy and natural history, and the crossroads of Edinburgh's curricula and Britain's Empire.

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Authors & Contributors
Smith, Craig
Allen, David Elliston
Davie, George Elder
Loveland, Jeff
Brown, Stephen W.
Bourne, W. R. P.
History of European Ideas
Archives of Natural History
History of the Human Sciences
Immigrants & Minorities
British Journal for the History of Mathematics
Ashgate Publishing
Harvard University Press
University of Chicago
Arizona State University
Gondolat Verlag
Natural history
Moral philosophy
Science and society
Conservation of natural resources
Ferguson, Adam
Reid, Thomas
Smellie, William
Carlyle, Thomas
Stewart, Dugald
Hamilton, William Rowan
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century, early
Great Britain

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