Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life

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Yale University Press, 2010 - Economists - 311 pages
Nicholas Phillipson's intellectual biography of Adam Smith shows that Smith saw himself as philosopher rather than an economist. Phillipson shows Smith's famous works were a part of a larger scheme to establish a "Science of Man," which was to encompass law, history, and aesthetics as well as economics and ethics. Phillipson explains Adam Smith's part in the rapidly changing intellectual and commercial cultures of Glasgow and Edinburgh at the time of the Scottish Enlightenment. Above all Phillipson explains how far Smith's ideas developed in dialog with his closest friend David Hume. --Publisher's description.

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Adam Smith is one of the most important figures in modern economic theory. In a very real sense, he provided the basis for the Industrial Revolution through his emphasis on the division of labor as ... Read full review

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This book sorely tested my knowledge of Scottish history. Phillipson assumes his reader’s familiarity with the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Glorious Revolution and the 1707 Act of Union in ... Read full review


List of Illustrations
1A Kirkcaldy Upbringing
2Glasgow Glasgow University andFrancis Hutchesons Enlightenment
Oxfordand David Hume
4Edinburghs Early Enlightenment
a Conjectural History
9Smith and the Duke of Buccleuchin Europe 17646
10London Kirkcaldy and the Making of theWealth of Nations 176676
11The Wealth of Nations andSmiths Very violent attack upon the whole commercialsystem of Great Britain
12Humes Death
13Last Years in Edinburgh 177890
Notes and Sources
Bibliography of Works Cited

6Professor of Moral Philosophyat Glasgow 1 17519
7The Theory of Moral Sentimentsand the Civilizing Powersof Commerce
8Professor of Moral Philosophyat Glasgow 2 175963

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