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The problems and promise of commercial society : Adam Smith's response to Rousseau

Author: Dennis C Rasmussen
Publisher: University Park, PA : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Adam Smith is popularly regarded as the ideological forefather of laissez-faire capitalism, while Rousseau is seen as the passionate advocate of the life of virtue in small, harmonious communities and as a sharp critic of the ills of commercial society. But, in fact, Smith had many of the same worries about commercial society that Rousseau did and was strongly influenced by his critique." "In this first book-length  Read more...
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Named Person: Adam Smith; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Adam Smith; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Adam Smith; Adam Smith, (Philosoph); Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis C Rasmussen
ISBN: 9780271033488 0271033487
OCLC Number: 167764074
Description: xi, 193 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Rousseau's unhappy vision of commercial society --
Smith's sympathy with Rousseau's critique --
The European peasant and the prudent man --
Progress and happiness --
Conclusion --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Dennis C. Rasmussen.
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