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The Resource Adam Smith : a very short introduction, Christopher J. Berry

Adam Smith : a very short introduction, Christopher J. Berry

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Adam Smith : a very short introduction
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Adam Smith
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a very short introduction
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Christopher J. Berry
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eng
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In 1776 Adam Smith (1723-90) wrote 'The Wealth of Nations', a book so foundational it has led to him being called the 'father of economics'. Today he is associated with the promotion of self-interest, a defence of greed and a criticism of any governmental 'interference' in market transactions which, if left to the 'invisible hand', will produce prosperity and liberty. Yet if Smith is actually read these associations are more a caricature than a faithful portrait. 0In this 'Very Short Introduction', Christopher Berry offers a balanced and nuanced view of this seminal thinker, embedding his fierce defence of free trade, competition, and assault on special interests in contemporary European history, politics, and philosophy. As Berry explores, Smith was far more than an economist. His book 'The Theory of Moral Sentiment', offered a complex account of ethics in the context of human social behaviour. His scope as a professor at the University of Glasgow, a major centre of the Scottish Enlightenment, was extensive. Beyond courses in philosophy and jurisprudence he also gave classes covering history, literature, and language. In addition to his two major works he also wrote a pioneering study of the history of astronomy as an illustration of the motivations that drive humans to seek answers to questions. --
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Very short introductions
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582
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Adam Smith : a very short introduction, Christopher J. Berry
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 113-123) and index
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on1022085109
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18 cm.
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First edition.
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128 pages
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9780198784456
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(OCoLC)1022085109
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Adam Smith : a very short introduction, Christopher J. Berry
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 113-123) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1022085109
Dimensions
18 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
128 pages
Isbn
9780198784456
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
(OCoLC)1022085109

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