Adam Smith in His Time and Ours Designing the Decent Society

ISBN-10: 0691001618

ISBN-13: 9780691001616

Edition: 1995

Authors: Jerry Z. Muller

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Counter to the popular impression that Adam Smith was a champion of selfishness and greed, Jerry Muller shows that theInquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nationsmaintained that markets served to promote the well-being of the populace and that government must intervene to counteract the negative effects of the pursuit of self-interest. Smith's analysis went beyond economics to embrace a larger "civilizing project" designed to create a more decent society.
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/23/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 263
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Jerry Z. Muller is professor of history at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. His previous books include "Adam Smith in His Time and Ours" (Princeton). His writing has appeared in the "Wall Street Journal", the "New Republic", and the "Times Literary Supplement", among other publications.

Introduction: Back to Adam?
Adam Smith in His Time
Cosmopolitan Provincial: Smith's Life and Social Milieu
Gentlemen, Consumers, and the Fiscal-Military State
Self-Love and Self-Command: The Intellectual Origins of Smith's Civilizing Project
Designing the Decent Society
The Market: From Self-Love to Universal Opulence
The Legislator and the Merchant
Social Science as the Anticipation of the Unanticipated
Commercial Humanism: Smith's Civilizing Project
"The Impartial Spectator"
The Historical and Institutional Foundations of Commercial Society
The Moral Balance Sheet of Commercial Society
The Visible Hand of the State
Applied Policy Analysis: Smith's Sociology of Religion
"A Small Party": Moral and Political Leadership in Commercial Society
From Smith's Time to Ours
Critics, Friendly and Unfriendly
Some Unanticipated Consequences of Smith's Rhetoric
The Timeless and the Timely
Notes
Guide to Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Index
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