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Adam Smith in His Time and Ours : Designing the Decent Society - Jerry Z. Muller

Adam Smith in His Time and Ours

Designing the Decent Society

Paperback Published: 23rd July 1995
ISBN: 9780691001616
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

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"A profoundly erudite and timely study."--John Gray, National Review "Muller's great accomplishment in this book is to present a clear, thoughtful, and engaging overview of Adam Smith's thought. He reveals Smith to be a wide-ranging and innovative thinker who formulated a comprehensive social science."--Peter McNamara, The Review of Politics

Introduction: Back to Adam?p. 1
Adam Smith in His Time
Cosmopolitan Provincial: Smith's Life and Social Milieup. 15
Gentlemen, Consumers, and the Fiscal-Military Statep. 28
Self-Love and Self-Command: The Intellectual Origins of Smith's Civilizing Projectp. 39
Designing the Decent Society
The Market: From Self-Love to Universal Opulencep. 63
The Legislator and the Merchantp. 77
Social Science as the Anticipation of the Unanticipatedp. 84
Commercial Humanism: Smith's Civilizing Projectp. 93
"The Impartial Spectator"p. 100
The Historical and Institutional Foundations of Commercial Societyp. 113
The Moral Balance Sheet of Commercial Societyp. 131
The Visible Hand of the Statep. 140
Applied Policy Analysis: Smith's Sociology of Religionp. 154
"A Small Party": Moral and Political Leadership in Commercial Societyp. 164
From Smith's Time to Ours
Critics, Friendly and Unfriendlyp. 177
Some Unanticipated Consequences of Smith's Rhetoricp. 185
The Timeless and the Timelyp. 194
Notesp. 206
Guide to Further Readingp. 240
Acknowledgmentsp. 262
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780691001616
ISBN-10: 0691001618
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 23rd July 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.17 x 15.14  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.43