Adam Smith

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Adam Smith

Adam Smith

An Enlightened Life

  • Author: Nicholas Phillipson
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141963565
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
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Adam Smith is celebrated all over the world as the author of The Wealth of Nations and the founder of modern economics. A few of his ideas - that of the 'Invisible Hand' of the market and that 'It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest' - have become icons of the modern world. Yet Smith saw himself primarily as a philosopher rather than an economist, and would never have predicted that the ideas for which he is now best known were his most important. This book, by one of the leading scholars of the Scottish Enlightenment, shows the extent to which The Wealth of Nations and Smith's other great work, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, were part of a larger scheme to establish a grand 'Science of Man', one of the most ambitious projects of the European Enlightenment, which was to encompass law, history and aesthetics as well as economics and ethics. Nicholas Phillipson reconstructs Smith's intellectual ancestry and formation, of which he gives a radically new and convincing account. He shows what Smith took from, and what he gave to, the rapidly changing and subtly different intellectual and commercial cultures of Glasgow and Edinburgh as they entered the great years of the Scottish Enlightenment. Above all he explains how far Smith's ideas developed in dialogue with those of his closest friend, the other titan of the age, David Hume. This superb biography is now the one book which anyone interested in the founder of economics must read.

Adam Smith

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Adam Smith

Adam Smith

  • Author: Christopher J. Berry
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0198784457
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 152
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In 1776 Adam Smith (1723-90) wrote The Wealth of Nations, a book so foundational that it has led to him being called the "father of economics." Today he is associated with the promotion of self-interest, a defense of greed and a criticism of any governmental 'interference' in market transactions which, if left to the 'invisible hand', will produce prosperity and liberty. Yet if Smith is actually read these associations are more a caricature than a faithful portrait. In this Very Short Introduction, Christopher Berry offers a balanced and nuanced view of this seminal thinker, embedding his fierce defense of free trade, competition, and assault on special interests in contemporary European history, politics, and philosophy. As Berry explores, Smith was more than an economist. His book The Theory of Moral Sentiment, offered a complex account of ethics in the context of human social behavior. His scope as a professor at the University of Glasgow, a major center of the Scottish Enlightenment, was extensive. Beyond courses in philosophy and jurisprudence he also gave classes covering history, literature, and language. In addition to his two major works he also wrote a pioneering study of the history of astronomy as an illustration of the motivations that drive humans to seek answers to questions. He produced, again derived from his Glasgow classroom, an analysis of the development of grammar and language. As Christopher Berry shows, Adam Smith was no narrow thinker, but rather one who produced not only one of the greatest books in the history of social science, but also a wide-ranging body of work that remains significant today. ABOUT THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Oxford Handbook of Adam Smith

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The Oxford Handbook of Adam Smith

The Oxford Handbook of Adam Smith

  • Author: Christopher J. Berry,Maria Pia Paganelli,Craig Smith
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0199605068
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 656
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This Handbook provides an accessible survey of the whole of Smith's thought with chapters written by leading experts that will allow all readers to gain a sense of the breadth and depth of the thought of this world historical figure.

Who's Afraid of Adam Smith?

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Who's Afraid of Adam Smith?

Who's Afraid of Adam Smith?

How the Market Got Its Soul

  • Author: Peter J. Dougherty
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 0471471771
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 240
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"Peter Dougherty does the near-impossible in this brilliant book .. . [he] makes economics engaging and accessible." --Professor Larry J. Sabato, University of Virginia In this spirited and timely book, Peter Dougherty shows howeconomists are drawing on Adam Smith's civic writings to illuminatehow the market creates not only fiscal capital, but "socialcapital." Dougherty demonstrates how Smith's ideas are currentlyexperiencing a renaissance. He then explores several impressiveinitiatives to demonstrate what today's theoretical and practicingeconomists are accomplishing in the spirit of Adam Smith's moralsentiments: the institutional reform of transitional and developingeconomies; the financing of new technological, medical, andeducational initiatives; and the economic revival of cities.Capitalism pervades every aspect of our daily life. Peter Doughertynow offers a fascinating peek at its hidden soul.

The Works of Adam Smith

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The Works of Adam Smith

The Works of Adam Smith

  • Author: Adam Smith
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: English literature
  • Page: N.A
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Life of Adam Smith

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Life of Adam Smith

Life of Adam Smith

  • Author: John Rae
  • Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
  • ISBN: 160206041X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 468
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This classic life of the economist Adam Smith, by British biographer JOHN RAE (1845-1915), has been the standard backgrounder on the author of The Wealth of Nations for more than a century. First published in 1895 and astonishingly complex, this highly readable work explores all the influences on Smith's economic philosophies, from his early life in then-poor, hardscrabble Scotland to his university experiences to his life in London and friendship with Ben Franklin. Complete with illustrative tidbits on everything from Smith's supposed helplessness in business transactions to his absentmindedness and brimming with personal letters and firsthand observations, this is an essential work for understanding the thinking of one of history's most influential economists.

Adam Smith

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Adam Smith

Adam Smith

The Rhetoric of Propriety

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 0791482626
  • Category:
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The Wealth of Nations

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The Wealth of Nations

The Wealth of Nations

  • Author: Adam Smith
  • Publisher: BookRix
  • ISBN: 3736801521
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 1513
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The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. First published in 1776, the book offers one of the world's first collected descriptions of what builds nations' wealth and is today a fundamental work in classical economics. Through reflection over the economics at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution the book touches upon such broad topics as the division of labour, productivity and free markets. The Wealth of Nations is a clearly written account of economics at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. The book was a landmark work in the history and economics as it was comprehensive and an accurate characterization of the economic mechanisms at work in modern economics. Smith believed in a Meritocracy. Smith emphasized the advancement that one could take based on their will to better themselves. This is simply one of the most important books ever written on the subject of economics.

Adam Smith, Wealth Without Nations

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Adam Smith, Wealth Without Nations

Adam Smith, Wealth Without Nations

  • Author: Gwydion M. Williams
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Economics
  • Page: 139
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A critical view, in every day language, of much unread foundation text of right-wing political economy. There is analysis of Adam Smith on division of labour, small government, free trade and the need to promote productive labour. Gwydion Williams finds that Smith described not the division of labour, but fragmentation of work; his famous example of pin-making is flawed, and industrialism is not necessarily capitalist.

Essays on Philosophical Subjects

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Essays on Philosophical Subjects

Essays on Philosophical Subjects

  • Author: Adam Smith
  • Publisher: London : T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: 1795
  • Page: 244
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