Adam Smith in His Time and Ours: Designing the Decent Society

Adam Smith in His Time and Ours: Designing the Decent Society

by Jerry Z. Muller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691001618

ISBN-13: 9780691001616

Pub. Date: 07/03/1995

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Counter to the popular impression that Adam Smith was a champion of selfishness and greed, Jerry Muller shows that the Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations maintained that markets served to promote the well-being of the populace and that government must intervene to counteract the negative effects of the pursuit of self-interest. Smith

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Counter to the popular impression that Adam Smith was a champion of selfishness and greed, Jerry Muller shows that the Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations maintained that markets served to promote the well-being of the populace and that government must intervene to counteract the negative effects of the pursuit of self-interest. Smith's analysis went beyond economics to embrace a larger "civilizing project" designed to create a more decent society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691001616
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/03/1995
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Back to Adam?1
Pt. IAdam Smith in His Time
1Cosmopolitan Provincial: Smith's Life and Social Milieu15
2Gentlemen, Consumers, and the Fiscal-Military State28
3Self-Love and Self-Command: The Intellectual Origins of Smith's Civilizing Project39
Pt. IIDesigning the Decent Society
4The Market: From Self-Love to Universal Opulence63
5The Legislator and the Merchant77
6Social Science as the Anticipation of the Unanticipated84
7Commercial Humanism: Smith's Civilizing Project93
8"The Impartial Spectator"100
9The Historical and Institutional Foundations of Commercial Society113
10The Moral Balance Sheet of Commercial Society131
11The Visible Hand of the State140
12Applied Policy Analysis: Smith's Sociology of Religion154
13"A Small Party": Moral and Political Leadership in Commercial Society164
Pt. IIIFrom Smith's Time to Ours
14Critics, Friendly and Unfriendly177
15Some Unanticipated Consequences of Smith's Rhetoric185
16The Timeless and the Timely194
Notes206
Guide to Further Reading240
Acknowledgments262
Index265

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