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Propriety and Prosperity free pdf This book is a collection of specially commissioned chapters from philosophers, economists and political scientists, focusing on Adam Smith's two main works Theory of Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations. It examines the duality which manifests itself as an apparent contradiction: that is, how does one reconcile the view of human nature expounded in Theory of Moral Sentiments (sympathy and benevolence) and the view of human nature expounded in Wealth of Nations (self-interest)? New work by philosophers has uncovered the complex and nuanced connections between Smith's account of economic and moral motivation. His economic theory has presented conceptual challenges: the famous 'invisible hand' has proved an elusive concept much in need of scrutiny. 'Prosperity' in the title captures the economic side of Smith's thought. 'Propriety' points to his ethics. In recent philosophical scholarship two major shifts have occurred. One is that the originality of Smith's moral theory has been rediscovered and recognised. His account of sympathy is significantly different from Hume's: his idea of the 'impartial spectator' is independent, rich and complex and he is alert to the phenomenon of self-deception. The second shift is that Smith's image as an economic liberal has been drastically revised, reclaiming him from current ideological use in defence of free markets and the minimal state. Smith links economics, politics and ethics through notions of justice and utility in subtle ways that make the labels 'economic liberal' and 'laissez-faire theorist' at best inadequate and at worst misleading. This collection was put together with a view to bringing Smith to a mainstream philosophy audience while simultaneously informing Smith's traditional constituency (political economy) with philosophically finessed interpretations.

About David Hardwick

David F. Hardwick has been a dedicated scholar and administrator at The University of British Columbia, Canada, for over 50 years, where he currently holds the position of Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Paediatrics, and is also Special Advisor on Planning at the Faculty of Medicine. In addition he has been Secretary of the International Academy of Pathology, the world's oldest and largest pathology organization. His publications include over 100 Medical Science articles and books. Leslie Marsh is Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, Canada. He is the author/editor of some 50 publications and is the prime mover behind the setting up of various academic forums (EPISTEME: Journal of Individual and Social Epistemology- Cosmos Taxis: Studies in Emergent Order and Organization- and the Michael Oakeshott Association). He also exercises his entrepreneurial spirit in the commercial world of film digital distribution.

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Author : David Hardwick
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Data Published : 17 December 2014
ISBN : 1137320680
EAN : 9781137320681
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 302 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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