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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Glasgow could offer Smith a distinctive philosophy curriculum and the teaching of
two of the most charismatic and intellectually creative university professors in
northern Europe - Robert Simson, Professor of Mathematics, and Francis ...
In 1729, after protracted litigation and pressure from the Crown, Simson was
finally ordered to stop teaching divinity. Throughout Smith's student days, he was
to be an elderly reminder of the hazards of teaching theology on rational
His total dedication to teaching and his powerful philosophical intelligence gave
his courses an intellectual excitement that led Smith to describe him as 'the never
to be forgotten Dr Hutcheson'.32 For Hutcheson was one of the most ambitious, ...
Worse still, this was a period in which Oxford's low reputation for teaching and
scholarship — gleefully exaggerated in the Whig press — became a matter of
national scandal. The idle, ignorant and venal don who 'lives and moulders away
in a ...
advantage, rather than in the performance of his duty, from which he can derive
none In the university of Oxford, the greater part of the publick professors have,
for these many years, given up altogether even the pretence of teaching.6
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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