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 the late Duncan Forbes who introduced me to Smith, the Scottish
Enlightenment and intellectual history in a legendary Cambridge special subject
which few who were lucky enough to have taken will ever forget. My own
students and ...
Although David Hume thought that 'it requires too much thought' to reach a wide
audience, it immediately acquired a significant readership in political and
intellectual circles in Edinburgh, London and Paris.1 Even Smith's most
intelligent critic, ...
hypochondria, the death of his mother, with whom he had lived for much of his life
, and the erosion of the small, tight-knit circle of lifelong friends among whom this
sociable but deeply private man had lived, sapped his morale and intellectual ...
On top of this there was a lifelong love of intellectual systems and the esprit
systématique he associated with true philosophical thinking and which he had
learned to admire as a student at Glasgow studying mathematics, natural science
Developing and perfecting his Glasgow lectures on jurisprudence and on the arts
and sciences, absorbing them into the intellectual framework of the systems he
had developed in the Theory of Moral Sentiments and the Wealth of Nations, ...
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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