Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life
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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It was a weakness that had recently been demonstrated with devastating clarity
by Bernard Mandeville, the author of The Fable of the Bees, first published in
1711 and reissued in 1723 in the highly publicized edition which Hutcheson must
Such sentiments, Mandeville commented dryly, 'are a high Compliment to Human
-kind, and capable by the help of a little Enthusiasm of Inspiring us with the most
Noble Sentiments conceming the Dignity of our exalted Nature: What Pity it is ...
virtuously minded, good-natured person could do, Mandeville seemed to suggest
(for this was not a subject he ever touched on directly), was to reflect on our
endless capacity for hypocrisy and self-delusion with ironic detachment and to ...
For Hutcheson, as for so many of Mandeville's contemporary critics, what was
shocking was his cynicism. It was not simply that he had shown that all human
behaviour was driven by pride — that, after all, was something orthodox
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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
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
13Last Years in Edinburgh 177890
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6Professor of Moral Philosophyat Glasgow 1 17519
7The Theory of Moral Sentimentsand the Civilizing Powersof Commerce
8Professor of Moral Philosophyat Glasgow 2 175963