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Adam SmithSystematic Philosopher and Public Thinker$
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Eric Schliesser

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190690120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190690120.001.0001

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Systematic Philosopher and Public Thinker

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Adam Smith

Eric Schliesser

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces some of the key concepts of the monograph. In particular, it shows that Adam Smith is committed to being both a systematic philosopher and a responsible public thinker. It distinguishes among different ways in which Smith is systematic and understood systematicity. It draws on the ideas of David Hume and Bishop Berkeley to contextualize Smith’s views on these subjects. The chapter includes a summary of the book, a brief bibliographic survey, and an account of the methodology of the book.

Keywords:   systematic, philosophy, Adam Smith, David Hume, Bishop Berkeley

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