The Classical Heritage in Adam Smith's Ethics

Gloria Vivenza

in Adam Smith and the Classics

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780198296669
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597008 | DOI:
 The Classical Heritage in Adam Smith's Ethics

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Deals with Smith's moral philosophy and singles out the influences of the main classical philosophies on Smith's treatise. There are clearly recognizable echoes from Greek philosophy (Plato and Aristotle), from the Hellenistic philosophies (Stoicism and Epicureanism), and from Roman Stoicism. This chapter shows the relationship of Smith's well‐known moral concepts (prudence, self‐interest, self‐control, justice, benevolence) with their classical antecedents.

Keywords: Aristotle; benevolence; epicureanism; justice; moral philosophy; Plato; prudence; self‐control; self‐interest; stoicism

Chapter.  23747 words. 

Subjects: History of Economic Thought

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