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The Oxford Handbook of Adam Smith

ISBN : 9780199605064

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Author: 
Christopher J. Berry; Maria Pia Paganelli; Craig Smith
Pages
656 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
181 x 253 mm
Pub date
May 2013
Series
Oxford Handbooks in Economics
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Adam Smith (1723-90) is a thinker with a distinctive perspective on human behaviour and social institutions. He is best known as the author of the An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). Yet his work is name-checked more often than it is read and then typically it is of an uninformed nature; that he is an apologist for capitalism, a forceful promoter of self-interest, a defender of greed and a critic of any 'interference' in market transactions . To offset this caricature, this Handbook provides an informed portrait. Drawing on the expertise of leading Smith scholars from around the world, it reflects the depth and breadth of Smith's intellectual interests. After an introductory outline chapter on Smith's life and times, the volume comprises 28 new essays divided into seven parts. Five sections are devoted to particular themes in Smith's corpus - his views on Language, Art and Culture; his Moral Philosophy; his Economic thought, his discussions of History and Politics and his analyses of Social Relations. These five parts are framed by one that focuses on the immediate and proximate sources of his thought and the final one that recognizes Smith's status as a thinker of world-historical significance - indicating both his posthumous impact and influence and his contemporary resonance. While each chapter is a discrete contribution to scholarship, the Handbook comprises a composite whole to enable the full range of Smith's work to be appreciated.

Index: 

Preface
INTRODUCTION
Adam Smith: Outline of Life, Times, and Legacy
PART ONE: ADAM SMITH: HERITAGE AND CONTEMPORARIES
1. Adam Smith: A Biographer's Reflections
2. Newtonianism and Adam Smith
3. Adam Smith and Rousseau: Enlightenment and counter-Enlightenment
4. Adam Smith and Early Modern Thought
PART TWO: ADAM SMITH ON LANGUAGE, ART AND CULTURE
5. Adam Smith's Aesthetics
6. Adam Smith as Critic
7. Adam Smith: History and Poetics
8. Adam Smith on Language and Rhetoric: The Ethics of Style, Character, and Propriety
PART THREE: ADAM SMITH AND MORAL PHILOSOPHY
9. Adam Smith: The Sympathetic Process and the Origin and Function of Conscience
10. Adam Smith and the Limits of Sympathy
11. Adam Smith and Virtue
12. Adam Smith and Self-Interest
PART FOUR: ADAM SMITH AND ECONOMICS
13. Adam Smith on Labour and Capital
14. Adam Smith on Value and Prices
15. Adam Smith on Money, Banking, and the Price Level
16. Commercial Relations: from Adam Smith to Field Experiments
PART FIVE: ADAM SMITH ON HISTORY AND POLITICS
17. Adam Smith: Theorist of Corruption
18. Adam Smith and the State: Language and Reform
19. Adam Smith and the Law
20. Adam Smith on Empire and International Relations
PART SIX: ADAM SMITH ON SOCIAL RELATIONS
21. Adam Smith, Civility, and Civil Society
22. Adam Smith on Religion
23. Adam Smith and Equality
24. Adam Smith and Women
PART SEVEN
ADAM SMITH: LEGACY AND INFLUENCE
25. Adam Smith and Marx
26. Adam Smith and the New Right
27. Adam Smith: Methods, Morals and Markets
28. The Contemporary Relevance of Adam Smith

About the author: 

Christopher J. Berry is Professor (Emeritus) of Political Theory and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. He has established himself as a leading international scholar of the Scottish Enlightenment. In addition to seminal articles, and contributions in this area, he is the author of the key text Social Theory of the Scottish Enlightenment (Edinburgh, 1997), which is shortly to appear in both Japanese and Chinese translations His scholarship ranges more widely. He is the author of six books, including The Idea of Luxury (Cambridge, 1994 Chinese translation, 2005) and David Hume (Continuum 2009). He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, of which Adam Smith was a founder member. His book The Idea of Commercial Society in the Scottish Enlightenment (Edinburgh) is scheduled to appear in 2013.; Maria Pia Paganelli is an assistant professor of economics at Trinity University. She works on Adam Smith, David Hume, 18th century monetary theories, and also explores the links between the Scottish Enlightenment and the results from behavioural economics. She won the 2009 European Society of the History of Economic Thought's Best Article of the Year prize and is book review editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought.; Craig Smith is a lecturer in the Department of Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. He works on the history of political thought with particular reference to the eighteenth century and the Scottish Enlightenment. He is the author of Adam Smith's Political Philosophy: The Invisible Hand and Spontaneous Order (Routledge, 2006) and is book review editor of the Adam Smith Review.

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