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TitleAdam Smith : his life, thought, and legacy
Author edited by Ryan Patrick Hanley
ImprintPrinceton : Princeton University Press, [2016]
Descript xxiv, 571 pages : chart ; 25 cm


Adam Smith (1723-90) is perhaps best known as one of the first champions of the free market and is widely regarded as the founding father of capitalism. From his ideas about the promise and pitfalls of globalization to his steadfast belief in the preservation of human dignity, his work is as relevant today as it was in the eighteenth century. Here, Ryan Hanley brings together some of the world's finest scholars from across a variety of disciplines to offer new perspectives on Smith's life, thought, and enduring legacy. Contributors provide succinct and accessible discussions of Smith's landmark works and the historical context in which he wrote them, the core concepts of Smith's social vision, and the lasting impact of Smith's ideas in both academia and the broader world. They reveal other sides of Smith beyond the familiar portrayal of him as the author of the invisible hand, emphasizing his deep interests in such fields as rhetoric, ethics, and jurisprudence. Smith emerges not just as a champion of free markets but also as a thinker whose unique perspective encompasses broader commitments to virtue, justice, equality, and freedom. An essential introduction to Adam Smith's life and work, this incisive and thought-provoking book features contributions from leading figures such as Nicholas hillipson, Amartya Sen, and John C. Bogle. It demonstrates how Smith's timeless insights speak to contemporary concerns such as growth in the developing world and the future of free trade, and how his influence extends to fields ranging from literature and philosophy to religion and law-- Publisher website


The biography of Adam Smith / James Buchan -- The Lectures on rhetoric and Belles lettres / Vivienne Brown -- The theory of moral sentiments / Eric Schliesser -- The Lectures on jurisprudence / Knud Haakonssen -- The Wealth of nations / Jerry Evensky -- The Essays on philosophical subjects / Craig Smith -- Smith and the Scottish Enlightenment / Nicholas Phillipson -- II. Smith's Social Vision. Adam Smith on living a life / Ryan Patrick Hanley -- Adam Smith : self-interest and the virtues / Leonidas Montes -- Adam Smith on equality / Elizabeth Anderson -- Adam Smith on justice and injustice / Nicholas Wolterstorff -- Adam Smith and the sympathetic imagination / Remy Debes -- Adam Smith on freedom / David Schmidtz -- III. Smith and Economics. Adam Smith and modern economics / Agnar Sandmo -- Adam Smith and the history of economic thought : the case of banking / Maria Pia Paganelli -- Adam Smith and experimental economics : Sentiments to Wealth / Vernon L. Smith -- Adam Smith and economic development / Amartya Sen -- IV. Smith Beyond Economics. Adam Smith and religion / Gordon Graham -- Adam Smith and political theory / Lisa Hill -- Adam Smith and modern ethics / Lisa Herzog -- Adam Smith and feminist ethics : sympathy, resentment, and solidarity / Jacqueline Taylor -- Adam Smith's jurisprudence : resentment, punishment, justice / Chad Flanders -- Adam Smith and rhetoric / Stephen McKenna -- Adam Smith's narrative line / Karen Valihora -- Adam Smith and the history of philosophy / Michaël Biziou -- Adam Smith and Enlightenment studies / Fredrik Albritton Jonsson -- V. Smith Beyond the Academy. Adam Smith : some popular uses and abuses / Gavin Kennedy -- Adam Smith and the Left / Samuel Fleischacker -- Adam Smith and the Right / James R. Otteson -- Adam Smith in China : from ideology to academia / Luo Wei-Dong -- Adam Smith and shareholder capitalism / John C. Bogle -- Adam Smith and free trade / Douglas A. Irwin

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