By Iain McLean (auth.)
Iain McLean reexamines the novel legacy of AdamSmith, arguing that Smith used to be a thorough egalitarian and that his paintings supported all 3 of the slogans of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity. McLean means that Smith's the speculation of ethical Sentiments , released in 1759, crystallized the notably egalitarian philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment. This publication brings Smith into complete view, exhibiting how a lot of recent economics and political technological know-how is in Smith. the writer locates Smith's background firmly in the context of the Enlightenment, whereas addressing the overseas hyperlinks among American, French, and Scottish histories of political thought.
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As a former lecturer on rhetoric and belles-lettres, whose lectures Wedderburn had attended back in 1748, he surely knew exactly what he was doing when he repeated Hume's Lucianic dialogue and added his own Platonic one. He was signalling that both he and Hume found classical writings on the approach of death more consoling than Christian writings. However, on the side of the naive interpretation is the fact that Hume's Dialogues, which had caused Smith much mental anguish because he was unwilling to carry out his friend's dying wish on the grounds that it would be too controversial, were published in 1779 to no controversy at all.
210; for Julie de l'Espinasse and Condorcet see McLean and Hewitt 1994, pp. 4-9). In particular, Smith came to know the two leading French economists, Fran<;ois Quesnay and A. R. M. Turgot. Quesnay was a doctor, who modelled the economy as a circulating system like the human body, and it was as a doctor that Smith called on Quesnay when he badly needed him in October 1766. Both Buccleuch (Scott) brothers contracted fever. The Duke recovered; his younger brother did not, despite the attentions of the three best doctors Smith could find.
310). He was saddened by the death of his mother in 1784 and that of his cousin-housekeeper in 1788 or 1789. He was delighted by his election as Rector of Glasgow University in 1787: No preferment would have given me so much real satisfaction. No man can owe greater obligations to a Society than I do to the University of Glasgow. They educated me, they sent me to Oxford, soon after my return to Scotland 22 ADAM SMITH, RADICAL AND EGALITARIAN they elected me one of their own members, and afterwards preferred me to another office, to which the abilities and Virtues of the never to be forgotten Dr Hutcheson had given a superior degree of illustration.
Adam Smith, Radical and Egalitarian: An Interpretation for the Twenty-First Century by Iain McLean (auth.)