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The Political Economy of the Higher Virtues

Athol Fitzgibbons

in Adam Smith's System of Liberty, Wealth, and Virtue

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780198292883
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596247 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198292880.003.0011
The Political Economy of the Higher Virtues

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Marx's theory of alienation was adapted from Smith's theory of the virtues, and this chapter examines the original Smithian theory. It considers the human and social consequences of the division of labour, and discusses how the situation could be affected by education and religion. Smith's ideal political structure is analysed.

Keywords: alienation; division of labour; education; Karl Marx; politics; poverty; religion; virtue

Chapter.  6377 words. 

Subjects: History of Economic Thought

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