Introduction [to New perspectives on Adam Smith's The theory of moral sentiments]

Cockfield, Geoff and Firth, Ann and Laurent, John (2007) Introduction [to New perspectives on Adam Smith's The theory of moral sentiments]. In: New perspectives on Adam Smith's The theory of moral sentiments. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978 1 84542 480 0


Adam Smith’s remarkable book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, now deservedly coming to greater prominence, combines classical philosophy, early modern psychology and incisive observations of everyday life into a complex theory of human behaviour. New Perspectives on Adam Smith’s “The Theory of Moral Sentiments” is a comprehensive study of Smith’s ideas, reflecting the explosion of interest in his work. It brings together themes and methodologies from a variety of fields, including politics, sociology, intellectual history, history of science and evolutionary psychology.

The contributions revolve around four themes: the ways in which Smith combined both classical and modern sources to create his own account of human economic and social behaviour; the insights gained from taking seriously the centrality of a benevolent deity to Smith’s system; Smith’s exploration of new forms of civility and self-formation, and the relationship between Smith’s moral philosophy and the emerging bodies of knowledge that were formalised in the nineteenth century as sociology and science.
Economists and political economists have predominated in Adam Smith scholarship. This book looks at Smith’s ideas from a much broader set of disciplinary perspectives and as such will appeal to historians of economic, political and moral thought as well as Adam Smith scholars in particular and economists more generally

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Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to chapter due to publisher's copyright restrictions. Print copy held in USQ Library at call no. 170 New.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2008 03:01
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2012 01:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adam Smith; moral sentiments
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140101 History of Economic Thought
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220311 Philosophical Psychology (incl. Moral Psychology and Philosophy of Action)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified

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