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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... to write about Smith's life and works in a way which would throw light on the
development of an extraordinary mind and an extraordinarily approachable
philosophy at a remarkable moment in the history of Scotland and of the
It tumed him into the most celebrated of Scotland's enlightened literati, a man to
be visited by cultural tourists on pilgrimage to Edinburgh, a man whose table-talk
and eccentricities were to be cherished by locals. But in the 1780s failing health ...
Baptized in 1679, he belonged to the Presbyterian gentry of north-east Scotland.
He was educated for the law at Aberdeen and Edinburgh and grew up in the
turbulent world of Scottish politics between the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and
seventh most important burgh in Scotland and its reputation as a trading port was
at its height. But the town's economy was beginning to face difficulties, a victim of
historic events that were changing the face of the British state. It had been ...
His cousin Hercules Smith, one of those named as his guardian in his father's will
, was Collector of Customs at Kirkcaldy before being promoted to Inspector
General of the Out-ports in Scotland in 1740 with the task of managing the
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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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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