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Economics Beyond Interest

Jan Mieszkowski

in Labors of Imagination

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225873
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235346 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225873.003.0005
Economics Beyond Interest

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The last fifteen years have seen an explosion of interest in Adam Smith. In addition to the fact that the success of capitalism is often celebrated in his name, Smith's oeuvre is increasingly heralded as the key to understanding the relations between politics, aesthetics, and economics in the eighteenth century. As research on Smith has moved beyond The Wealth of Nations and The Theory of Moral Sentiments to include his writings on jurisprudence, belles lettres, and even astronomy, it is often suggested that his work is a unique example of interdisciplinary thought attentive to the demands of both metaphysics and the social sciences. More generally, it is now widely recognized that the discourse of classical political economy allows certain questions to be asked about human material agency and the organization of society that would otherwise remain unposed.

Keywords: Adam Smith; capitalism; politics; political economy; aesthetics; social sciences; economics; metaphysics; material agency

Chapter.  15621 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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