Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment (Modern European Philosophy) First Edition (US) First Printing
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"With one eye on the eighteenth century and the other on our current predicament, Charles Griswold's Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment is wonderfully interesting and informative, philosophically stimulating and acute, and beautifully written." Stephen Darwall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
"...written for an audience of professional philosophers. But it is also exemplary in spelling out many of Smith's arguments and subjecting them to analytic scrutiny." Jerry Z. Muller, The Wall Street Journal
"...rewarding for economists seeking a deeper understanding of Smith's ideas." Choice
"...it is perhaps not surprising that Smith has sen something of a renaissance, with numerous studies published that help to restore him to his rightful place in the Western tradition. At the top of this list is Charles Griswold's excellent new book, Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment. Griswold Performs a valuable service by showing us that one of the Enlightenment's most important founding thinkers believed that liberal commercial societies were dependent on, productive of, and ultimately legitimated not by wealth or freedom but by virtue. Griswold walks us through Smith's highly complex account...." The Public Interest
"...pathbreaking..." Charles Larmore, The New Republic
"Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment is written by and largely for philosophers...Yet it should be studied by all who are interested in Adam Smith; it may fundamentally change the way they view Smith...Griswold's work merits a careful, deep reading by a large part of the contemporary literati." The Annals of the American Academy
"...brilliant study...Griswold's book illuminates a wide range of themes in Smith's moral philosophy..." Journal of the History of Philosophy
- Publisher : Cambridge University Press; First Edition (US) First Printing (January 1, 1999)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 428 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0521628911
- ISBN-13 : 978-0521628914
- Item Weight : 1.37 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.07 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,413,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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His explanation of the 'actor' and the 'spectator', the 'impartial spectator', the conscience,and just what 'morality' means to Smith are so clear. Griswold raises possible objections to Smith's system and answers them satisfactorily, showing a keen 'sympathy' with the topic he is so ably handling.
This book is a must, not only for Smith scholars, but for anyone interested in what morality is all about and how it all developed (and is still developing).
Buy this great work and have a mental and moral feast!
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As both exponent and critic of liberalism, Smith's ideas are complex and not easily categorised. Among other things he provides an explanation of how our emotions in ordinary life as individuals play a role in developing an ethical system that seems to work at the collective level; and that these systems should not be constructed using pure philosophy or reason. (The role of toleration, moderation, rational religion, state education, and other institutions to promulgate the virtues is also discussed.)
Many more topics are analysed in this carefully composed book. A classic of exposition.