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Inventing the Market: Smith, Hegel, and Political Theory

Lisa Herzog


This book analyses the constructions of the market in the thought of Adam Smith and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and discusses their relevance for contemporary political philosophy. Combining the history of ideas with systematic analysis, it contrasts Smith's view of the market as a benevolently designed ‘contrivance of nature’ with Hegel's view of the market as a ‘relic of the state of nature’. The differences in their views of the market are then connected to four central themes of political philosophy: identity, justice, freedom, and history. The conceptualization of the labour market as a ... More

Keywords: Adam Smith, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, market, freedom, social justice, history, professional identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199674176
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674176.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Herzog, author
Postdoctoral researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt and Institut für Sozialforschung