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Adam Smith: Systematic Philosopher and Public Thinker

Eric Schliesser


This book treats Adam Smith as a systematic philosopher. Smith was a giant of the Scottish Enlightenment with polymath interests. The book explores Smith’s economics and ethics in light of his other commitments on the nature of knowledge, the theory of emotions, the theory of mind, his account of language, the nature of causation, and his views on methodology. It places Smith’s ideas in the context of a host of other philosophers, especially David Hume, Rousseau, and Isaac Newton; it draws on the reception of Smith’s ideas by Sophie de Grouchy, Mary Wollstonecraft, and other philosophers and e ... More

Keywords: Adam Smith, Enlightenment, philosophy, invisible hand, virtue, freedom, passions, religion, mathematics, economics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190690120
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190690120.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Schliesser, author
Professor of Political Science, University of Amsterdam