Unity in the influences on Adam Smith

Clarke, Peter H. (2002) Unity in the influences on Adam Smith. History of Economics Review, 36 . pp. 10-25. ISSN 1037-0196

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Abstract

Argues that the principal influences on Adam Smith stem from the same source, namely, Francis Hutcheson. This is true both of the religious and Stoic influences on Smith and also (indirectly) of the influence on him of David
Hume. Concludes that it is unwise to ignore the role of Design and the benevolent Deity in Smith’s system, or to neglect his recognition of the social rather than
individualistic nature of humankind.

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Additional Information:Argues that the principal influences on Adam Smith stem from the same source, namely, Francis Hutcheson. This is true both of the religious and Stoic influences on Smith and also (indirectly) of the influence on him of David Hume. Concludes that it is unwise to ignore the role of Design and the benevolent Deity in Smith’s system, or to neglect his recognition of the social rather than individualistic nature of humankind.
Keywords:Adam Smith, Economic theory, Economics
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V310 Economic History
L Social studies > L100 Economics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:540
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:27 Sep 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:22

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