The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)

Knud Haakonssen
ISBN:
9780521770590

Adam Smith is best known as the founder of scientific economics and as an early proponent of the modern market economy. Political economy, however, was only one part of Smithâs comprehensive intellectual system. Consisting of a theory of mind and its functions in language, arts, science, and social intercourse, Smithâs system was a towering contribution to the Scottish Enlightenment. His ideas on social intercourse also served as the basis for a moral theory that provided both historical and theoretical accounts of law, politics, and economics. This Companion volume provides an examination of all aspects of Smithâs thought. Collectively, the essays take into account Smithâs multiple contexts - Scottish, British, European, Atlantic; biographical, institutional, political, philosophical - and they draw on all of his works, including student notes from his lectures. Pluralistic in approach, the volume provides a contextualist history of Smith, as well as direct philosophical engagement with his ideas.

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