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Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Volume IMorals, Politics, Art, Religion$
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Aaron Garrett and James A. Harris

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560677.001.0001

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Adam Smith

Adam Smith

History and Impartiality

(p.239) 7 Adam Smith
Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Volume I

Aaron Garrett

Ryan Hanley

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the philosophy of Adam Smith by examining the place of history and the role of impartiality in his philosophy. A brief introduction to Smith and his writings is followed by discussions of impartiality and Smith’s engagement with the philosophical role of history and the historian. The section that follows focuses on Smith’s discussion of rights as providing a connection between his moral theory and history via the role of the impartial spectator. The chapter concludes with a brief description of Smith’s history of moral systems. Throughout the chapter tries to show unified philosophical commitments in Smith’s range of writings.

Keywords:   Scottish philosophy, Adam Smith, history, impartiality, rights, moral theory, moral systems

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