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The authentic Adam Smith : his life and ideas

Author: James Buchan
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Atlas Books : W.W. Norton, 2006.
Series: Enterprise (New York, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Adam Smith; Adam Smith
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Buchan
ISBN: 0393061213 9780393061215
OCLC Number: 68786739
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain under the title: Adam Smith and the pursuit of perfect liberty"--T.p. verso.
Description: ix, 198 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 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.
Series Title: Enterprise (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: 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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