Adam Smith's Discourse: Canonicity, Commerce And Conscience by Vivienne BrownAdam Smith's Discourse: Canonicity, Commerce And Conscience by Vivienne Brown

Adam Smith's Discourse: Canonicity, Commerce And Conscience

byVivienne BrownEditorVivienne Brown

Paperback | July 28, 1994

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Adam Smith's name has become synonymous with free market economics;The Wealth of Nationsis taken as the definitive account of the benefits of free competitive markets. Yet recent scholarship has challenged this view and given us a richer, more nuanced figure, steeped in the intricacies of enlightenment social and political philosophy.Adam Smith's Discourseboth develops this literature and gives it a radical new extension by taking into account recent debates in literary theory.
Title:Adam Smith's Discourse: Canonicity, Commerce And ConscienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 2 inPublished:July 28, 1994Publisher:Taylor and Francis

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041509593X

ISBN - 13:9780415095938


Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Reading Adam Smith's Discourse 2. Signifying Voices: Reading the Adam Smith problem 3. The Dialogic Experience of Conscience 4. TMS and the Stoic Moral Hierarchy 5. Justice and Jurisprudence 6. The emergence ofThe Wealth of Nations7. The System of Natural Liberty 8. Conclusion: Commerce and conscience References

Editorial Reviews

"Vivienne Brown examines Smith's works without presuming that authorial intent will suffice to give us the key to several texts. She also questions whether it is enough to place those texts in their eighteenth century context without asking how they can be read as texts. Instead, she takes as a starting point the proposition that meaning is constructed in the process of reading, and tries to identify the discursive framework most appropriate to each text. The result is an utterly fresh treatment that is at once both unsettling and delightful."-Neil De Marchi, Duke University "This reading of Smith surely turns economic history on its end. Despite what many readers will find challenging conclusions, this book is lively reading for anyone interested in Smith, and forces us to rethink our most beloved conclusions about his work. [P.H.W. in Book Notes]."