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Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life by Professor Nicholas Phillipson (University of Edinburgh)

The great eighteenth-century British economist Adam Smith (1723 90) is celebrated as the founder of modern economics. Yet Smith saw himself primarily as a philosopher rather than an economist and would never have predicted that the ideas for which he is now best known were his most important. Thisbiography shows the extent to which Smith's great works, "The Wealth of Nations "and "The Theory of Moral Sentiments, " were part of one of the most ambitious projects of the Euruopean Enlightenment, a grand Science of Man" that would encompass law, history, and aesthetics as well as economics and ethics, and which was only half complete on Smith s death in 1790.Nick Phillipson reconstructs Smith s intellectual ancestry and shows what Smith took from, and what he gave to, in the rapidly changing intellectual and commercial cultures of Glasgow and Edinburgh as they entered the great years of the Scottish Enlightenment. Above all he explains how far Smith s ideas developed in dialogue with those of his closest friend, the other titan of the age, David Hume."

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Winner of the 2011-2013 Annibel Jenkins Prize, given by the American Society for the 18th Century Studies.--2011-2013 Annibel Jenkins Prize"American Society for the 18th Century Studies" (01/25/2013)"

About Professor Nicholas Phillipson (University of Edinburgh)

Nicholas Phillipson is one of the leading scholars of the Scottish Enlightenment. An Honorary Research Fellow in History at the University of Edinburgh, he has held visiting appointments at Princeton, Yale, the Folger Library, and the Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universitat."

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Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life by Professor Nicholas Phillipson (University of Edinburgh)
Professor Nicholas Phillipson (University of Edinburgh)
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