The Oxford Handbook of Adam Smith

Paperback | May 5, 2016

EditorChristopher J. Berry, Maria Pia Paganelli, Craig Smith

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Adam Smith (1723-90) is a thinker with a distinctive perspective on human behaviour and social institutions. He is best known as the author of the An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). Yet his work is name-checked more often than it is read and then typicallyit is of an uninformed nature; that he is an apologist for capitalism, a forceful promoter of self-interest, a defender of greed and a critic of any "interference" in market transactions. To offset this caricature, this Handbook provides an informed portrait. Drawing on the expertise of leadingSmith scholars from around the world, it reflects the depth and breadth of Smith's intellectual interests. After an introductory outline chapter on Smith's life and times, the volume comprises 28 new essays divided into seven parts. Five sections are devoted to particular themes in Smith's corpus - his views on Language, Art and Culture; his Moral Philosophy; his Economic thought, his discussions ofHistory and Politics and his analyses of Social Relations. These five parts are framed by one that focuses on the immediate and proximate sources of his thought and the final one that recognizes Smith's status as a thinker of world-historical significance - indicating both his posthumous impact andinfluence and his contemporary resonance. While each chapter is a discrete contribution to scholarship, the Handbook comprises a composite whole to enable the full range of Smith's work to be appreciated.

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Adam Smith (1723-90) is a thinker with a distinctive perspective on human behaviour and social institutions. He is best known as the author of the An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). Yet his work is name-checked more often than it is read and then typicallyit is of an uninformed nature; that he is an ...

Christopher J. Berry is Professor (Emeritus) of Political Theory and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. He has established himself as a leading international scholar of the Scottish Enlightenment. In addition to seminal articles, and contributions in this area, he is the author of the key text Social Th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:May 5, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceChristopher J. Berry: Introduction: Adam Smith: An Outline of Life, Times, and LegacyPart I: Adam Smith: Heritage and Contemporaries1. Nicholas Phillipson: Adam Smith: A Biographer's Reflections2. Leonidas Montes: Newtonianism and Adam Smith3. Dennis C. Rasmussen: Adam Smith and Rousseau: Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment4. Christopher J. Berry: Adam Smith and Early Modern ThoughtPart II: Adam Smith on Language, Art, and Culture5. Catherine Labio: Adam Smith's Aesthetics6. James Chandler: Adam Smith as Critic7. Michael C. Amrozowicz: Adam Smith: History and Poetics8. C. Jan Swearingen: Adam Smith on Language and Rhetoric: The Ethics of Style, Character, and ProprietyPart III: Adam Smith and Moral Philosophy9. Christel Fricke: Adam Smith: The Sympathetic Process and the Origin and Function of Conscience10. Duncan Kelly: Adam Smith and the Limits of Sympathy11. Ryan Patrick Hanley: Adam Smith and Virtue12. Eugene Heath: Adam Smith and Self-InterestPart IV: Adam Smith and Economics13. Tony Aspromourgos: Adam Smith on Labour and Capital14. Nerio Naldi: Adam Smith on Value and Prices15. Hugh Rockoff: Adam Smith on Money, Banking, and the Price Level16. Maria Pia Paganelli: Commercial Relations: From Adam Smith to Field ExperimentsPart V: Adam Smith on History and Politics17. Spiros Tegos: Adam Smith: Theorist of Corruption18. David M. Levy and Sandra J. Peart: Adam Smith and the State: Language and Reform19. Fabrizio Simon: Adam Smith and the Law20. Edwin van de Haar: Adam Smith on Empire and International RelationsPart VI: Adam Smith on Social Relations21. Richard Boyd: Adam Smith on Civility and Civil Society22. Gavin Kennedy: Adam Smith on Religion23. Samuel Fleischacker: Adam Smith on Equality24. Maureen Harkin: Adam Smith on WomenPart VII: Adam Smith: Legacy and Influence25. Spencer J. Pack: Adam Smith and Marx26. Craig Smith: Adam Smith and the New Right27. Tom Campbell: Adam Smith: Methods, Morals, and Markets28. Amartya Sen: The Contemporary Relevance of Adam Smith

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"Adam Smith had a profound wisdom and grasp of human nature and civil society. This Handbook introduces us to his comprehensive thought and leads us to contemplate the capability of humankind to create a universal good society" --Hideo Tanaka, Professor, Kyoto University