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Adam Smith and the Classics

Gloria Vivenza

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780198296669
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597008 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198296665.001.0001

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

Adam Smith and the Classics

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Adam Smith's thought was indebted to the classical training prevailing in the educational system of his day. A careful reading of all his writings can prove the extent of this debt. Classical influences are obviously more numerous and easily discernible in the philosophical works, but are not absent from the economic masterpiece. They have been described by the author without having recourse to conjectures or implications, rather by analysing the topics whose classical origin can be ascertained. The book has been divided into chapters devoted to the traditional branches of knowledge treated by Adam Smith: natural philosophy, ethics, jurisprudence, economics, literature; plus a postscript.

Smith was not only influenced by classical doctrines but he also selected from them arguments

suited to support his own ideas.

Keywords: astronomy; economics; education; ethics; jurisprudence; literature; philosophy; rhetoric; Adam Smith; value

Book.  250 pages. 

Subjects: History of Economic Thought

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Introduction in Adam Smith and the Classics

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