Adam Smith's Marketplace of Life / Edition 1

Adam Smith's Marketplace of Life / Edition 1

by James R. Otteson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521016568

ISBN-13: 9780521016568

Pub. Date: 10/10/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Adam Smith wrote two books, one about economics and the other about morality. How do these books go together? How do markets and morality mix? James Otteson provides a comprehensive examination and interpretation of Smith's moral theory and demonstrates how his conception of morality applies to his understanding of markets, language and other social institutions.…  See more details below

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Adam Smith wrote two books, one about economics and the other about morality. How do these books go together? How do markets and morality mix? James Otteson provides a comprehensive examination and interpretation of Smith's moral theory and demonstrates how his conception of morality applies to his understanding of markets, language and other social institutions. Considering Smith's notions of natural sympathy, the impartial spectator, human nature and human conscience, the author addresses whether Smith thinks that moral judgments enjoy a transcendent sanction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521016568
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/10/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Adam Smith's Moral Theory, Part One: Sympathy and the Impartial Spectator Procedure13
2Adam Smith's Moral Theory, Part Two: Conscience and Human Nature65
3The Marketplace of Morality101
4The "Adam Smith Problem"134
5The Market Model and the Familiarity Principle: Solving the "Adam Smith Problem"170
6Justifying Smithian Moral Standards199
7The Unintended Order of Human Social Life: Language, Marketplaces, and Morality258
Conclusion290
Bibliography325
Index333

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