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An Authentic Account of Adam Smith

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Provides an informed survey of the existing corpus of Smithian studies, as well as a number of suggested original lines of further debate

  • Though not written as a biography, it often draws on details of Smith's life in order to illustrate an authentic version of his works and the ideas that informed them

  • Makes extensive use of primary sources on Smith

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    • Gavin Kennedy
    Pages 1-7
  3. How Adam Smith Learned to Bargain

    • Gavin Kennedy
    Pages 9-34
  4. Adam Smith on Rhetoric and Perspicuity

    • Gavin Kennedy
    Pages 35-55
  5. Adam Smith on Metaphors

    • Gavin Kennedy
    Pages 57-78
  6. Adam Smith and the ‘Invisible Hand’

    • Gavin Kennedy
    Pages 79-116
  7. The Social Evolution of Jurisprudence

    • Gavin Kennedy
    Pages 117-139
  8. Smith’s Wealth of Nations

    • Gavin Kennedy
    Pages 141-161
  9. Smith’s Alleged Religiosity

    • Gavin Kennedy
    Pages 163-196
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 197-212

About this book

This book is a textual criticism of modern ideas about the work of Adam Smith that offers a new perspective on many of his famous contributions to economic thought. Adam Smith is often hailed as a leading figure in the development of economic theories, but modern presentations of his works do not reflect Smith’s actual ideas or influence during his lifetime. Gavin Kennedy believes that his name and his legacy were often appropriated or made into myths in the 19th and 20th centuries, with many misconceptions persisting today. Offering new analysis of works on rhetoric, moral sentiments, jurisprudence, the invisible hand and The Wealth of Nations, the book gives a new perspective on this important canonical thinker. 

Keywords

  • Wealth of Nations
  • rhetoric
  • jurisprudence
  • moral sentiments
  • invisible hand
  • bargaining

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Gavin Kennedy

About the author

Gavin Kennedy is Emeritus Professor, Heriot-Watt University, UK, with 33 years teaching experience in economics, defence economics, public finance, and business negotiation, at Brunel, Strathclyde, and Heriot-Watt universities, and has been a visiting lecturer at universities and colleges in Britain, Canada and Australia, and for numerous government departments. He has published widely in defence, business negotiation and classical economics, most recently, Adam Smith’s Lost Legacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and Adam Smith: A Moral Philosopher and His Political Economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

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Buying options

eBook USD 99.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-63802-7
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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Softcover Book USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)