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"Jerry Muller has written an extraordinarily good book on the most quoted and least read of the worldly philosophers."--Robert Heilbroner, Author of The Worldly Philosophers

"A good work of intellectual history should exemplify two qualities above all: an imagination that allows the author to 'pass over' into the horizon of his subject in order to see the world as the subject sees it; and a sympathy such as to gain a feel for the world of the subject. . . . Like Adam Smith, his subject, intellectual historian Jerry Muller exemplifies these traits to an exceptional degree."--Michael Novak, First Things

Synopsis:

"Jerry Muller has written an extraordinarily good book on the most quoted and least read of the worldly philosophers."--Robert Heilbroner, Author of The Worldly Philosophers

"A good work of intellectual history should exemplify two qualities above all: an imagination that allows the author to 'pass over' into the horizon of his subject in order to see the world as the subject sees it; and a sympathy such as to gain a feel for the world of the subject. . . . Like Adam Smith, his subject, intellectual historian Jerry Muller exemplifies these traits to an exceptional degree."--Michael Novak, First Things

Synopsis:

Counter to the popular impression that Adam Smith was a champion of selfishness and greed, Jerry Muller shows that the Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations maintained that markets served to promote the well-being of the populace and that government must intervene to counteract the negative effects of the pursuit of self-interest. Smith's analysis went beyond economics to embrace a larger "civilizing project" designed to create a more decent society.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [240]-262) and index.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Back to Adam?1
Pt. IAdam Smith in His Time
1Cosmopolitan Provincial: Smith's Life and Social Milieu15
2Gentlemen, Consumers, and the Fiscal-Military State28
3Self-Love and Self-Command: The Intellectual Origins of Smith's Civilizing Project39
Pt. IIDesigning the Decent Society
4The Market: From Self-Love to Universal Opulence63
5The Legislator and the Merchant77
6Social Science as the Anticipation of the Unanticipated84
7Commercial Humanism: Smith's Civilizing Project93
8"The Impartial Spectator"100
9The Historical and Institutional Foundations of Commercial Society113
10The Moral Balance Sheet of Commercial Society131
11The Visible Hand of the State140
12Applied Policy Analysis: Smith's Sociology of Religion154
13"A Small Party": Moral and Political Leadership in Commercial Society164
Pt. IIIFrom Smith's Time to Ours
14Critics, Friendly and Unfriendly177
15Some Unanticipated Consequences of Smith's Rhetoric185
16The Timeless and the Timely194
Notes206
Guide to Further Reading240
Acknowledgments262
Index265

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691001616
Author:
Muller, Jerry Z.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Economics
Subject:
Economics - Theory
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Moral and ethical aspects
Subject:
Smith, adam, 1723-1790
Subject:
Smith, Adam
Subject:
Economics -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Economics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 1129
Publication Date:
September 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
263
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15 oz

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Product details 263 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691001616 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Jerry Muller has written an extraordinarily good book on the most quoted and least read of the worldly philosophers."--Robert Heilbroner, Author of The Worldly Philosophers

"A good work of intellectual history should exemplify two qualities above all: an imagination that allows the author to 'pass over' into the horizon of his subject in order to see the world as the subject sees it; and a sympathy such as to gain a feel for the world of the subject. . . . Like Adam Smith, his subject, intellectual historian Jerry Muller exemplifies these traits to an exceptional degree."--Michael Novak, First Things

"Synopsis" by , Counter to the popular impression that Adam Smith was a champion of selfishness and greed, Jerry Muller shows that the Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations maintained that markets served to promote the well-being of the populace and that government must intervene to counteract the negative effects of the pursuit of self-interest. Smith's analysis went beyond economics to embrace a larger "civilizing project" designed to create a more decent society.
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