Adam Smith and Virtue

Ryan Patrick Hanley

in The Oxford Handbook of Adam Smith

Published in print May 2013 | ISBN: 9780199605064
Published online July 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics

 Adam Smith and Virtue

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Thanks to several recent studies, we now understand better than ever the place that virtue has in Smith’s larger economic and political system, the sources on which he drew in developing his theory of virtue, and the ways in which his theory of virtue can contribute to illuminating various debates in contemporary ethical theory. In what follows I touch on each of these themes. My principal goal, however, is to provide a reconstruction of the essential elements of Smith’s theory of virtue in a manner that might be of use to those working on each of these fronts, as well as others.

Keywords: Adam Smith; virtue; ethics; self-love

Article.  12034 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Economic History

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