Adam Smith's Moral Philosophy: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective on Markets, Law, Ethics, and Culture

Adam Smith's Moral Philosophy: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective on Markets, Law, Ethics, and Culture

by Jerry Evensky
     
 

"Adam Smith is best known among economists for his book, The Wealth of Nations, often viewed as the keystone of modern economic thought. For many, he has become associated with a quasi-libertarian laissez-faire philosophy. Others, often heterodox economists and social philosophers, on the contrary, focus on Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, and explore his moral… See more details below

Overview

"Adam Smith is best known among economists for his book, The Wealth of Nations, often viewed as the keystone of modern economic thought. For many, he has become associated with a quasi-libertarian laissez-faire philosophy. Others, often heterodox economists and social philosophers, on the contrary, focus on Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, and explore his moral theory. There has been a long debate about the relationship or lack thereof between these, his two great works." This work treats these dimensions of Smith's work as elements in a seamless moral philosophical vision, demonstrating the integrated nature of these works and Smith's other writings. Although many practitioners today see the study of Smith as an antiquarian exercise, this book weaves Smith into a constructive critique of modern economic analysis (engaging along the way the work of Nobel Laureates Gary Becker, Amarty Sen, Douglass North, and James Buchanan) and builds bridges between that discourse and other social sciences.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521703864
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Series:
Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1Adam Smith's vision3
2On human nature, social norms, co-evolution, natural selection, and the human prospect34
3On the role of positive law in humankind's evolution59
4On the role of religion in humankind's evolution85
5On the progress of opulence, setting the scene in book I of The wealth of nations111
6The role of capital in the progress of opulence : the analysis of book II of The wealth of nations138
7An unnatural path to natural progress : Smith represents the power of his principles in book III of The wealth of nations167
8Smith on the mercantile system and the evolution of his voice : book IV of The wealth of nations and part VI of The theory of moral sentiments182
9On the role of government : book V of The wealth of nations213
10"Chicago Smith" versus "Kirkaldy Smith"245
11Toward a dynamic three-dimensional analysis265
12The liberal plan and the quandary of capital289
Epilogue : on the human prospect308

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >