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Witness the Aftermath of Nepal's Devastating Earthquake

Freelance photographer Adam Ferguson was on assignment in New Delhi when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the central region of Nepal. “The building started to shake, and I immediately looked at the news to see how the situation was developing,” he says. 231 more words

Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scotland Enlightened?

As an impressive number of Scottish citizens turned out to vote on September 18th on the future of their country, I felt a deep appreciation for democracy. 919 more words

Strapped Uneasily to the Pinmaking Machine

The great intellectual historian J. G. A. Pocock summarizes one ambivalence in Adam Smith’s thought as follows:

[I]n Adam Smith the principle of the division of labor and exchange of goods and services has been at work since the beginning of history; it has led, not merely to the satisfaction of more human needs, but to the development of new human capacities, wants, and aspirations, so that the personality has been progressively diversified and enriched….

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Common Sense and Moral Philosophy

By Gordon Graham

Scottish philosophy has regularly been identified with the ‘School of Common Sense’ because of the high regard in which Thomas Reid’s Inquiry was held in his lifetime and for many decades thereafter. 127 more words


Forgotten Philosophers: Adam Ferguson On Social Solidarity

On the 20th of June 1723, Enlightenment philosopher and pioneering sociologist Adam Ferguson was born in Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland. “Ferguson is chiefly remembered for the… 820 more words