“[Weinstein’s] interpretation of Adam Smith is original in challenging both standard philosophical and economic interpretations, producing a lucid and interesting narrative.”--J. Patrick Raines, Jack C. Massey Dean of the College of Business Administration, Belmont University
(J. Patrick Raines)
"By a patient and clear analysis of the explicit and implicit elements of Smith’s notion of the ‘impartial spectator’, including the persuasive, reasoned, educative and imaginative nature of the observational processes involved in moral and other judgments, JRW’s innovative inquiry has: repositioned the relationship between all of Smith’s major works; imaginatively challenged the ‘Adam Smith problem’; emphasized Smith’s sustained educational concerns; and, by showing the ‘pluralism’ inherent in Smith’s work, restored Smith to the position of enduring moral philosopher through the specification of internal and consistent themes across Smith’s works and by illustrating significant pre-figured conceptual links to modern notions of liberalism/pluralism."--Willie Henderson, Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham UK, International Associate of the Alworth Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth.
“Remarkable . . . . Lays the groundwork for a multivolume project using Smith to anchor a 'twenty-first-century liberalism.'”—John Paul Rollert, Los Angeles Review of Books
(John Paul Rollert Los Angeles Review of Books
“Fascinating . . . an invigorating reorientation of liberal theory. Weinstein’s rescue . . . [of] Smith's moral philosophy from its economically obsessed captors will prove an extraordinary blessing for conservative and liberal alike.”—David J. Davis, The American Conservative
(David J. Davis The American Conservative
"Few, if any, sources probe Smith's nuanced and integrated approach to a social system with the depth of this book. . . . Smith enthusiasts will find [it] indispensable."—Choice
About the Author
Jack Russell Weinstein is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life at the University of North Dakota.