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The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith



Part of Cambridge Companions to Philosophy

Knud Haakonssen, Charles L. Griswold Jr, Mark Salber Phillips, Marcelo Dascal, Christopher J. Berry, Neil De Marchi, Alexander Broadie, Robert Shaver, David Lieberman, Pratap Banhu Mehta, J. G. A. Pocock, Douglas Long, Emma Rothschild, Amartya Sen, Donald Winch
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  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521779241


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  • Although Adam Smith is best known as the founder of scientific economics and an early proponent of the modern market economy, political economy is only one part of his comprehensive intellectual system. Consisting of a theory of mind and its functions in language, arts, science and social intercourse, Smith's system was a towering contribution to the Scottish Enlightenment. This Companion provides an up-to-date examination of all aspects of Smith's thought. Collectively, the essays take into account his multiple contexts--Scottish, British, European, Atlantic, biographical, institutional, political and philosophical.

    • Strongly interdisciplinary in nature and tone
    • Combines historical and philosophical approaches
    • Is fully reflective of recent scholarship on Adam Smith
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    “Historian Haakonssen has assembled arguably the most wide-ranging perspective yet published on the social vision of Adam Smith.” -- Choice

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    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521779241
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    Introduction: the coherence of Smith's thought Knud Haakonssen
    1. Imagination: morals, science and arts Charles L. Griswold Jr
    2. Adam Smith, Belletrist Mark Salber Phillips
    3. Adam Smith's theory of language Marcelo Dascal
    4. Smith and science Christopher J. Berry
    5. Smith on ingenuity, pleasure and the imitative arts Neil De Marchi
    6. Sympathy and the impartial spectator Alexander Broadie
    7. Virtues, utility and rules Robert Shaver
    8. Adam Smith on justice, rights and law David Lieberman
    9. Self-interest and other interests Pratap Bhanu Mehta
    10. Adam Smith and history J. G .A. Pocock
    11. Adam Smith's politics Douglas Long
    12. Adam Smith's economics Emma Rothschild and Amartya Sen
    13. The legacy of Adam Smith Knud Haakonssen and Donald Winch

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Ethics in Business and Society
    • Political Ideas and Issues
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    Knud Haakonssen, University of Sussex
    Knud Haakonssen is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Sussex. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and Foreign Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, he is the author and editor of numerous books and texts, most recently Natural Law and Moral Philosophy: From Grotius to the Scottish Enlightenment and, with Andrew S. Skinner, Index to the Works of Adam Smith.


    Knud Haakonssen, Charles L. Griswold Jr, Mark Salber Phillips, Marcelo Dascal, Christopher J. Berry, Neil De Marchi, Alexander Broadie, Robert Shaver, David Lieberman, Pratap Banhu Mehta, J. G. A. Pocock, Douglas Long, Emma Rothschild, Amartya Sen, Donald Winch

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