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Adam Smith's Marketplace of Life Paperback – Bargain Price, October 28, 2002

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"This book is important for economists because it provides a readable philosophical perspective on Smith's work in moral theory. Highly recommended." Choice

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Book Description

Adam Smith wrote two books, one about economics and the other about morality. How do these books go together? How do markets and morality mix?James Otteson provides a comprehensive examination and interpretation of Smith's moral theory and shows how his conception of the nature of morality applies to his understanding of markets, language and other social institutions. Considering Smith's notions of natural sympathy, the impartial spectator, human nature, and human conscience the author also addresses the issue of whether Smith thinks that moral judgments enjoy a transcendent sanction.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521016568
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,796,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ian Mackechnie on October 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
I did say that Criswold's work on Smith's moral sentiments was the best work available. But now that I have discovered Ottenson's magnificent volume, I have changed my mind.

I am now on the 3rd reading of this book and find new gems every time. It is clear, well presented (although some would say a little repetitious, but for my slow mind, that helps to reinforce what has been said)and well balanced in its judgments, comments and comparisons, especially with the so-called 'Adam Smith problem' of what he wrote in Moral Sentiments compared to his later work in Wealth of Nations. In other words, Ottenson describes very clearly what Smith's magnificent book is all about.

Smith's Moral Sentiments is one of the best kept secrets of Enlightenment writing and Ottenson's book is both a great introduction to Smith's work as well as satisfying to the Smith scholar.

It is MUST reading!
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