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The life of Adam Smith

Author: Ian Simpson Ross
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
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In this, the first full-scale biography of Adam Smith for a hundred years, Ian Simpson Ross brings his subject into historical light as a thinker and author by examining his family circumstance, education, career, and social and intellectual circle, including David Hume and Francois Quesnay. Smith's life is revealed through his correspondence, archival documents, the reports of contemporaries, and the record of his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ross, Ian Simpson.
Life of Adam Smith.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)647122716
Named Person: Adam Smith; Adam Smith; Adam Smith; Adam Smith; Adam Smith
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Simpson Ross
ISBN: 0198288212 9780198288213
OCLC Number: 32510857
Description: xxviii, 495 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Kirkcaldy --
Boyhood --
Glasgow --
The never to be forgotten Hutcheson --
Oxford --
A respectable auditory --
Lectures on the history of philosophy and law --
Called to Glasgow University --
Teacher --
Publishing scholar and administrator --
The making of The Theory of Moral Sentiments --
Criticism of The Theory of Moral Sentiments --
Travelling tutor --
Inquirer into the Wealth of Nations --
The American crisis and The Wealth of Nations --
Euge! Belle! Dear Mr Smith --
Dialogue with a dying man --
Settlement in Edinburgh --
Economic theorist as commissioner of customs --
Literary pursuits --
Times of hardship and distress --
Legacy for legislators --
Precariousness of this life --
The great change.
Responsibility: Ian Simpson Ross.
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In this, the first full-scale biography of Adam Smith for a hundred years, Ian Simpson Ross brings his subject into historical light as a thinker and author by examining his family circumstance, education, career, and social and intellectual circle, including David Hume and Francois Quesnay. Smith's life is revealed through his correspondence, archival documents, the reports of contemporaries, and the record of his publications. This is the life of a Scottish moral philosopher whose legacy of thought concerns and affects us all. Its lively and informed account will appeal to those interested in the social and intellectual milieu of the eighteenth century, and in Scottish history. Economists and philosophers will find much to read about the history of their disciplines, supported by full documentation.

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