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Adam Smith in his time and ours : designing the decent society

Author: Jerry Z Muller
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1995]
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A counter to the popular impression that Adam Smith was a champion of selfishness and greed. It shows that the Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations maintained that markets  Read more...


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Named Person: Adam Smith; Adam Smith; Adam Smith; Adam Smith; Adam (Philosoph) Smith
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jerry Z Muller
ISBN: 0691001618 9780691001616
OCLC Number: 32237179
Notes: Originally published: New York : Free Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1993. With corrections and a new preface.
Description: x, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Cosmopolitan provincial: Smith's life and social milieu --
Gentlemen, consumers, and the fiscal-military state --
Self-love and self-command: the intellectual origins of Smith's civilizing project --
The market: from self-love to universal opulence --
The legislator and the merchant --
Social science as the anticipation of the unanticipated --
Commercial humanism: Smith's civilizing project --
"The impartial spectator" --
The historical and institutional foundations of commercial society --
The moral balance sheet of commercial society --
The visible hand of state --
Applied policy analysis: Smith's sociology of religion --
"A small party": moral and political leadership in commercial society --
Critics, friendly and unfriendly --
Some unanticipated consequences of Smith's rhetoric --
The timeless and the timely.
Responsibility: Jerry Z. Muller.
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"A profoundly erudite and timely study."--John Gray, National Review "Muller's great accomplishment in this book is to present a clear, thoughtful, and engaging overview of Adam Smith's thought. He Read more...

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