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The authentic Adam Smith : his life and ideas

Autore: James Buchan
Editore: New York, N.Y. : Atlas Books : W.W. Norton, 2006.
Serie: Enterprise (New York, N.Y.)
Edizione/Formato:   book_printbook : Biography : English : 1st American edVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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Author Buchan breathes new life into Adam Smith's legacy and the beginnings of modern economics. Scottish philosopher Adam Smith (1723-1790) has been adopted by neoconservatives as the ideological father of unregulated business and small government. Politicians such as Thatcher and Reagan promoted his famous 1776 book The Wealth of Nations as the bible of laissez-faire economics. In this accessible book, Buchan  Per saperne di più…
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Genere/forma: Biography
Persona incaricata: Adam Smith; Adam Smith
Tipo materiale: Biography, Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Book, Internet Resource
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: James Buchan
ISBN: 0393061213 9780393061215 9780393329940 0393329941
Numero OCLC: 68786739
Note: "Originally published in Great Britain under the title: Adam Smith and the pursuit of perfect liberty"--Title page verso.
Descrizione: ix, 198 pages ; 22 cm.
Contenuti: Fatherless world 1723-1746 --
Cave, tree, fountain 1746-1759 --
Pen-knives and snuff-boxes 1759 --
Infidel with a bag wig 1759-1776 --
Baboons in the orchard 1776 --
The forlorn station 1776-1790.
Titolo della serie: Enterprise (New York, N.Y.)
Responsabilità: James Buchan.
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Author Buchan breathes new life into Adam Smith's legacy and the beginnings of modern economics. Scottish philosopher Adam Smith (1723-1790) has been adopted by neoconservatives as the ideological father of unregulated business and small government. Politicians such as Thatcher and Reagan promoted his famous 1776 book The Wealth of Nations as the bible of laissez-faire economics. In this accessible book, Buchan refutes much of what modern politicians and economists claim about Adam Smith and shows that, in fact, Smith transcends modern political categories. He demonstrates that The Wealth of Nations and Smith's 1759 masterpiece, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, are brilliant fragments of one of the most ambitious philosophical enterprises ever attempted: the search for a just foundation for modern commercial society both in private and in public. In an increasingly crowded and discontented world, this search is ever more urgent.--From publisher description.

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