New PDF release: Adam Smith's Lost Legacy

By G. Kennedy

ISBN-10: 0230511198

ISBN-13: 9780230511194

ISBN-10: 1403947899

ISBN-13: 9781403947895

During this obtainable ebook, Gavin Kennedy takes a clean examine Adam Smith's ethical philosophy and its hyperlinks to his political economic system and his lectures on jurisprudence. The publication presents a brand new research of Wealth of countries, and argues that Adam Smith's highbrow legacy used to be coopted within the 19th and 20th centuries via economists pursuing agendas that Smith didn't suggest. It additionally presents a brand new cause of the most mysteries approximately Smith's later existence.

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While determined to leave Balliol, Smith wrestled with how to explain it all to his Mother. How could he induce her to forgive him (as she would eventually, from her ‘unlimited indulgence’ of his every step) without hurting her deeply held religious feelings, given her singular mind-set of conforming to Christian beliefs? His Philosophical Enquiries testifies to his vision of the philosopher’s vocation as one conducted for its own sake, as something good in its own right, and not something done for false pride or personal gain of any kind.

Therefore he had regular access to the Duke, on whose behalf he voted for the government’s Bills. When Smith was a candidate for the professorship at Glasgow, Oswald was ‘Lord of Trade’ in the cabinet (1751–9). As a Scottish MP he could speak favourably of Smith to the Duke. What better interest could Smith have behind him? 2 Among those appointed with llay’s approbation were Francis Hutcheson (Smith’s tutor 32 Professor Smith! 33 and mentor) in 1729, William Cullen in 1747 and Joseph Black in 1756, all three of whom were close allies of Smith.

Three obstacles Smith had to overcome three obstacles before he could abandon his ordination in good conscience. The first was his ‘solemn promise’ to do so, backed by a £500 bond (an extraordinary large sum at the time – it was almost seven years wages for a Royal Navy Lieutenant); the second was his mother’s predictable disappointment at him not becoming a Minister; and the third was the effect on his mentor, Professor Frances Hutcheson, who had been instrumental in gaining for him the much-prized Snell Exhibition, awarded only to the brightest and most promising of Glasgow’s students.

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