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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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Conclusion

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Adam Smith
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Eric Schliesser

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190690120.003.0016

The concluding chapter defends Adam Smith from Jonathan Israel’s criticism (and misrepresentation). Israel treats Smith as belonging to the moderate Enlightenment. While this chapter is agnostic about the moderate vs radical Enlightenment distinction, it suggests that Adam Smith offers enduring criticisms of applying Radical thought to political affairs. By contrast, this chapter treats Adam Smith as an exemplary philosopher not in terms of the doctrines defended, but rather as a model, who shows how philosophers of each generation need to develop normative and political ideals in light of other systematic commitments that may guide policy in a humane and responsible fashion.

Keywords:   Adam Smith, radical Enlightenment, moderate Enlightenment, Jonathan Israel, exemplars, philosophy

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