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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Next to nothing is known about the circumstances of Smith's childhood in
Kirkcaldy, his student days at Glasgow and Oxford and the evidently formative
years spent launching his philosophical career in the aftermath of the battle of
For although they record the lectures he gave at the end of his professorial career
, it is clear that their roots lie deeper in his past, and almost certainly in the later
1740s, when he was in his late twenties launching his philosophical career in ...
The groundwork for Smith's philosophical career could not have been laid down
in two more different universities. In the 1720s and 30s Glasgow became one of
the most sophisticated and interesting of the tiny Protestant universities of ...
religious as a child.25 Hume went to Edinburgh University in 1723 at the
remarkably early age of twelve, to prepare himself for a legal career, but like so
many others he found the law boring and turned instead to philosophy and letters
. By 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