Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life

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Yale University Press, 2010 - Economists - 345 pages
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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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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

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User Review  - Mandarinate - LibraryThing

A nice account of Smith's career and the economic environment of his times. However, I find the book rather superficial in its description of the intellectual ideas Smith dealt with. For example, much ... Read full review

Contents

List of Illustrations
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Acknowledgements
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Prologue
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1A Kirkcaldy Upbringing
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2Glasgow Glasgow University andFrancis Hutchesons Enlightenment
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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
Epilogue
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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