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Hers however I would also recommend you to read at the very least either the Theory of Moral Sentiments or as I did An Inuiry Into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations This latter is a book I wholeheartedly recommend Clearly this was written with a specialist in mind consciously or unconsciously There are a lot of things that Phillipson seems to assume you know which I don t think a regular educated non philosophy major reader would know Some examples He mentions than once that Smith was influenced philosophically by Euclidean geometry Now even though he states it influenced his method rather than his content it still is not self evident what that means How could the method of geometry translate to philosophy Then I kept coming across the word police which was clearly not being used as we use it I assumed that it must be an archaic meaning so I checked the dictionary and did an internet search to no avail Only after seeing this word used multiple times does the reader get to this passage on page 173
4 Both versions of the lectures culminated in a discussion of police that self consciously used neologism he had probably first Both versions of the lectures culminated in a discussion of police that self consciously used neologism he had probably first in Edinburgh to consider the problems involved in maintaining what he called the cleanliness and internal security of the state and above all cheapness or plenty or which is the same thing the most proper way of procuring wealth and abundance Wouldn t it have been nice if he had put this paragraph with the first time he mentions the wordHe also assumes a cultural historical knowledge at times such as when he cites an exchange between Samuel Johnson and Smith Smith was proud of the new city centre although it was rash to commend it to Samuel Johnson in 1773 Pray sir have you seen Brentford the surly sage replied I don t know about you but I didn t get
the okeThis is not a bad book it was ust a mismatch for me I found it dry and jokeThis is not a bad book it was ust a mismatch for me I found it dry and to follow but I don t think someone with a stronger philosophy background would have Be warned that it is very barely a standard biography since there is little information about Smith s life It is much a biography of his intellectual life Now I usually like intellectual biographies but this one weighed too much on the side of ideas and not enough on the side of a life story Given the lack of information it might have been unavoidable A really good read this is well written deeply informed and often surprising intellectual biography of the world s first great free marketer Phillipson argues Smith can best be understood as part of a team with his close friend David Hume that sought to create not a science of economics but a science of man that sought to Ectual 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 Hu.
Read & Download à PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ü Nicholas PhillipsonKOBOBOOKSReviewed by The Independent The Washington Post Powell s Review a Day A masterful and extensively researched book which acts as a great introduction to literature of the enlightenment Some have accused the book of being overtly esoteric and thus inaccesible to those who are not schooled in the Age of Enlightenment or general 18th century philosophy For my part I would propound that it is rather than esoteric intelligently written and if anything likely to inspire any reader to further investigate the morally complex philosophically challenging and intellectually profound matters that are discussed within Though officially a political economist by trade the dialogue and debate that Smith puts forward along with that of his contemporary and friend David Hume clearly identifies him as a great thinker moral philosopher and worthy spokespe Though his name looms large as the founder of modern economic theory Adam Smith himself is in many ways a mysterious and unknowable figure Faced with the challenge of writing a biography of a man who left only a little correspondence and only two books Nicholas Phillipson provides a broader portrait of Adam Smith s intellectual world In doing so he sites Smith firmly within the context of the Scottish Enligh Wealth of Nations published in 1776 per David Hume it reuries too much thought to reach a wide audience p 1Per Adam Smith but the indolence of old age tho I struggle violently against it I feel coming fast upon me and whether I shall ever be able to finish either is extremely uncertain He was then sixty two and felt he had become an old man p 3 a man in other words who loved correspondence for its own sake and regarded it as a form of conversation that mattered almost as much as the company of friends p 5
Coherent Account Of The Origins Of Our Capacity For Languageaccount of the origins of our capacity for language invoking the power of the imagination and the love of improvement p 70 theory of improvement developed p 96Hume everything in this world is purchased by labor and our passions are the only causes of labor the wealth and uality of its labor force and not in terms of its gold and silver reserves p 141 a taught animal Pride and gullibility fed by fashion and the never ending hunger for social approval had made him a slave to social convention unrecognizable even to himself The only consolation Mandeville
Had Been Able Offerbeen able to offer that most were so gullible that they failed to understand what was happening to them p 142Curiosity allures the wise vanity the foolish and pleasure both p 144Rousseau had replied that men were naturally indolent and had only been truly at one with themselves in the savage state when they. 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 This biography shows the extent to which Smith's great wor. Had been free to indulge their indolence by simple living p 148 our sense After ust re reading How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life
An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness and before diving into Smith s The Theory of Moral Sentiments thisUnexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness and before diving into Smith s The Theory of Moral Sentiments this a very helpful intellectual biography of Smith Thanks to Amy W for the recommendation This was a fine contextualizing biography I agree with the author that Adam Smith s life and works cannot be understood except in the milieu of the Scottish Enlightenment and Epictetian stoical philosophy Adam Smith was not promoting the intrinsic value of selfish competition but was instead writing a prescription for enlightened rulers to mold the forces of capitalism to the greatest benefit of the largest proportion of mankind This was a part of Smith s larger project to describe a philosophy of human interactions and manners and to divorce Smith s works from that project for one s own sectarian ends is to willfully understand it and to cheapen the life s work of this most influential of philosophers I have to say that not only is this one of the better biographies that I have read and one of the books that I couldn t put down It Although I must admit that I lack ust too much knowledge Adam s Smith life and his other mayor work The Theory of Moral Sentiments I did get the impression of understanding a little bit about Adam Smith s life and ideas I cannot deny that this book had a lot of research but at times it seems that it may had not been enough However I cannot deny what was said several times during the book Adam Smith was a very private person The fact that he burned most of his unfinished writings ust seems to confirm this fact No author is to be blamed and their efforts should be considered A very notorious thing that may come to the reader s mind is the following the book may at times center itself too much on other people and even places or circumstances This is not a bad thing This book may give you a good idea of what the world was like for Adam Smith and those around him during the time of his life After reading this book I ll venture to say you
Ll Think You Know Adamthink you know Adam a little bit better and it may even surprise you My mayor critiue about this book is the at times poor chronology of events While the chapters are made to fit the chronology of his life the author will mention things that happened after the years in which the chapter is centered This may not disrupt you too much but could certainly have been improved That said it is not a big problem This book involved a lot of research and I am sure it reuired a lot of work This is a book I would recommend to ot. Ks 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 1790Nick Phillipson reconstructs Smith’s intell. .