Adam Smith, Radical and Egalitarian: An Interpretation for by Iain McLean (auth.)

By Iain McLean (auth.)

Iain McLean reexamines the unconventional legacy of AdamSmith, arguing that Smith used to be an intensive egalitarian and that his paintings supported all 3 of the slogans of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity. McLean means that Smith's the idea of ethical Sentiments , released in 1759, crystallized the significantly egalitarian philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment. This booklet brings Smith into complete view, exhibiting how a lot of recent economics and political technological know-how is in Smith. the writer locates Smith's history firmly in the context of the Enlightenment, whereas addressing the foreign hyperlinks among American, French, and Scottish histories of political thought.

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My Amusements are long, solitary walks by the Sea side. You may judge how I spend my time. I feel myself, however, extremely happy, comfortable and contented. I never was, perhaps, more so in all my life. 1767, Corr. # 103) But although Kirkcaldy gave Smith peace and quiet it cannot have given him intellectual networks, nor much in the way of libraries. In 1748 he moved to Edinburgh and set up as a private lecturer on a wide range of subjects, including both literature and the philosophy of science.

210; for Julie de l'Espinasse and Condorcet see McLean and Hewitt 1994, pp. 4-9). In particular, Smith came to know the two leading French economists, Fran<;ois Quesnay and A. R. M. Turgot. Quesnay was a doctor, who modelled the economy as a circulating system like the human body, and it was as a doctor that Smith called on Quesnay when he badly needed him in October 1766. Both Buccleuch (Scott) brothers contracted fever. The Duke recovered; his younger brother did not, despite the attentions of the three best doctors Smith could find.

278; quoted by Rae [1895]1965, p. 170) This is so illuminating about the author of The Theory of Moral Sentiments that one would like it to be true; and it is strongly suspected that Smith made substantial charitable donations towards the end of his life, which would be consistent with the behaviour reported here. And both Kames and his biographer (A. F. Tytler) belonged to Smith's Edinburgh literary circle, and used the same publishers. Tytler knew Smith and a letter from Smith to Tytler survives (Corr.

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