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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521852471

ISBN-13: 9780521852470

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Adam Smith is the best known among economists for his book, The Wealth of Nations, often viewed as the keystone of modern economic thought. Others, often heterodox economists and social philosophers, on the contrary, focus on Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments, and explore his moral theory. This work treats these dimensions of Smith’s work as elements in a…  See more details below

Overview

Adam Smith is the best known among economists for his book, The Wealth of Nations, often viewed as the keystone of modern economic thought. Others, often heterodox economists and social philosophers, on the contrary, focus on Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments, and explore his moral theory. 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 ecnomic 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 the other social sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521852470
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. On Adam Smith's Moral Philosophical Vision: 1. Adam Smith's vision; 2. On human nature, social norms, co-evolution, natural selection, and the human prospect; 3. On the role of positive law in humankind's evolution; 4. On the role of religion in humankind's evolution; Part II. On the Place of The Wealth of Nations in Adam Smith's Moral Philosophical Vision: 5. On the progress of opulence, setting the scene in Book I of The Wealth of Nations; 6. The role of capital in the progress of opulence: the analysis of Book II of The Wealth of Nations; 7. An unnatural path to natural progress: Smith represents the power of his principles in Book III of The Wealth of Nations; 8. Smith 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 Sentiments; 9. On the role of government: Book V of The Wealth of Nations; Part III. On Adam Smith's Moral Philosophical Vision and the Modern Discourse: 10. 'Chicago Smith' versus 'Kirkaldy Smith'; 11. Toward a dynamic three dimensional analysis; 12. The liberal plan and the quandary of capital.

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