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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19 It also agreed to Miller's proposals for a new curriculum. The school was to
provide a classical education based on translation and exposition so as to '
exercise [the pupils'] judgements, to teach them by degrees to spell rightly, to
write good ...
Oxford was notorious — at least in the Whig Presbyterian circles to which Smith
belonged -for being an intellectually stagnant, High Church and high Tory
institution. Glasgow could offer Smith a distinctive philosophy curriculum and the
After the re-establishment of Presbyterianism in 1638 and in 1690, the Scottish
universities were purged of Episcopalians and an attempt was made to
reconstruct the philosophy curriculum, on which the entire system of university
In outline, the Glasgow curriculum was traditional and resembled that of any
other Scottish university. The academic year ran from 10 October to mid-June
almost without a break. The first two years were devoted to Humanity — or Latin
— and ...
The idle, ignorant and venal don who 'lives and moulders away in a supine and
regular course of eating, drinking, sleeping and cheating the juniors' became a
national figure of fun.3 The curriculum 'in some measure defective, since we are ...
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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