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

Author: Jerry Z Muller
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats

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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerry Z Muller
ISBN: 0691001618 9780691001616
OCLC Number: 728603751
Notes: Erstmals: New York : Free Press, 1993.
Description: x, 272 Seiten ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Back to Adam?1Pt. IAdam Smith in His Time1Cosmopolitan Provincial: Smith's Life and Social Milieu152Gentlemen, Consumers, and the Fiscal-Military State283Self-Love and Self-Command: The Intellectual Origins of Smith's Civilizing Project39Pt. IIDesigning the Decent Society4The Market: From Self-Love to Universal Opulence635The Legislator and the Merchant776Social Science as the Anticipation of the Unanticipated847Commercial Humanism: Smith's Civilizing Project938"The Impartial Spectator"1009The Historical and Institutional Foundations of Commercial Society11310The Moral Balance Sheet of Commercial Society13111The Visible Hand of the State14012Applied Policy Analysis: Smith's Sociology of Religion15413"A Small Party": Moral and Political Leadership in Commercial Society164Pt. IIIFrom Smith's Time to Ours14Critics, Friendly and Unfriendly17715Some Unanticipated Consequences of Smith's Rhetoric18516The Timeless and the Timely194Notes206Guide to Further Reading240Acknowledgments262Index265
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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