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The Natural Philosophy in Smith's Essays

Gloria Vivenza

in Adam Smith and the Classics

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780198296669
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597008 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198296665.003.0002
 The Natural Philosophy in Smith's Essays

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Deals with Adam Smith's juvenile essays on natural philosophy, and shows that some of Smith's methodological principles were partially grounded on ancient theories.

The content of the chapter analyses both Smith's historical reconstruction of the ancient doctrines, and the classical heritage in his own scientific and methodological approach.

Keywords: appearances; astronomy; connection; hypotheses; metaphysics; method; nature; physics; system; wonder

Chapter.  18024 words. 

Subjects: History of Economic Thought

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