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The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith : Cambridge Companions to Philosophy - Knud Haakonssen

The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith

Cambridge Companions to Philosophy

By: Knud Haakonssen (Editor)

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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 Smith's comprehensive intellectual system. Consisting of a theory of mind and its functions in language, arts, science, and social intercourse, Smith's 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 Smith's thought. Collectively, the essays take into account Smith's 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.

Historian Haakonssen has assembled arguably the most wide-ranging perspective yet published on the social vision of Adam Smith. -- Choice

List of Contributorsp. ix
Method of Citationp. xiii
Introduction: The Coherence of Smith's Thoughtp. 1
Imagination: Morals, Science, and Artsp. 22
Adam Smith, Belletristp. 57
Adam Smith's Theory of Languagep. 79
Smith and Sciencep. 112
Smith on Ingenuity, Pleasure, and the Imitative Artsp. 136
Sympathy and the Impartial Spectatorp. 158
Virtues, Utility, and Rulesp. 189
Adam Smith on Justice, Rights, and Lawp. 214
Self-Interest and Other Interestsp. 246
Adam Smith and Historyp. 270
Adam Smith's Politicsp. 288
Adam Smith's Economicsp. 319
The Legacy of Adam Smithp. 366
Bibliographyp. 395
Indexp. 401
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ISBN: 9780521779241
ISBN-10: 0521779243
Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 1st May 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.58