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The Life of Adam Smith

Ian Simpson Ross


Adam Smith (1723–90) was a Scottish moral philosopher, famous for writing the Wealth of Nations (WN: 1776), widely regarded as one of the foundation works of free‐market economics. He also contributed notably to ethics with his Theory of Moral Sentiments (TMS: 1759, 6th edn. 1790). The Introduction summarizes the biography, which depicts the personality and experience behind these books; their origin in studies at Glasgow and Oxford; then his teaching at Edinburgh and Glasgow; and their matrix in the cultural ferment of the Scottish Enlightenment, with its attention both to moral and natural s ... More

Keywords: economics, enlightenment, equality, ethics, free‐market, justice, liberty, moral, revolution, science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198288213
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198288212.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Simpson Ross, author
University of British Columbia