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Af er wo ce uries, Adam Smi h remai s a oweri g figure i he his ory of eco omic hough . K ow primarily for a si gle work, A I quiry i o he a ure a causes of he Weal h of a io s (1776), he firs comprehe sive sys em of poli ical eco omy, Smi h is more properly regarded as a social philosopher whose eco omic wri i gs co s i u e o ly he caps o e o a overarchi g view of poli ical a d social evolu io . If his mas erwork is viewed i rela io o his earlier lec ures o moral philosophy a d gover me , as well as o allusio s i he heory of Moral Se ime s (1759) o a work he hoped o wri e o “ he ge eral pri ciples of law a d gover me , a d of he differe revolu io s hey have u dergo e i he differe ages a d periods of socie y”, he he Weal h of a io s may be see o merely as a rea ise o eco omics bu as a par ial exposi io of a much larger scheme of his orical evolu io . Early Life U for u a ely, much is k ow abou Smi h’s hough ha abou his life. hough he exac da e of his bir h is u k ow , he was bap ised o Ju e 5, 1723, i Kikcaldy, a small (popula io 1,500) bu hrivi g fishi g village ear Edi burgh, he so by seco d marriage of Adam Smi h, comp roller of cus oms a Kikcaldy, a d Margare Douglas, daugh er of a subs a ial la dow er. Of Smi h’s childhood o hi g is k ow o her ha ha he received his eleme ary schooli g i Kirkcaldy a d ha a he age of four years he was said o have bee carried off by gypsies. Pursui s was mou ed, a d you g Adam was aba do ed by his cap ors. “He would have made, I fear, a poor gypsy”, comme ed his pri cipal biographer. A he age of 14, i 1737, Smi h e ered he u iversi y of Glasgow, already remarkable as a ce re of wha was o become k ow as he Sco ish E ligh e me . here, he was deeply i flue ced by Fra cis Hu cheso , a famous professor of moral philosophy from whose eco omic a d philosophical views he was la er o diverge bu whose mag e ic charac er seems o have bee a mai shapi g force i Smi h’s developme . Gradua i g i 1740, Smi h wo a scholarship ( he S ell Exhibi io ) a d ravelled o horseback o Oxford, where he s ayed a Balliol College. Compared o he s imula i g a mosphere of Glasgow, Oxford was a educa io al deser . His years here were spe largely i self-educa io , from which Smi h ob ai ed a firm grasp of bo h classical a d co emporary philosophy. Re ur i g o his home af er a abse ce of six years, Smi h cas abou for sui able employme . he co ec io s of his mo her’s family, oge her wi h he suppor of he juris a d philosopher Lord He ry Kames, resul ed i a oppor u i y o give a series of public lec ures i Edi burgh - a form of educa io he much i vogue i he prevaili g spiri of “ improveme ”. he lec ures, which ra ged over a wide varie y of subjec s from rhe oric his ory a d eco omics, made a deep impressio o some of Smi h’s o able co emporaries. hey also had a marked i flue ce o Smi h’s ow career, for i 1751, a he age of 27, he was appoi ed professor of logic a Glasgow, from which pos he ra sferred i 1752 o he more remu era ive professorship of moral philosophy, a subjec ha embraced he rela ed fields of a ural heology, e hics, jurisprude ce, a d poli ical eco omy.
Glasgow Smi h he e ered upo a period of ex raordi ary crea ivi y, combi ed wi h a social a d i ellec ual life ha he af erward described as “ by far he happies , a d mos ho ourable period of my life”. Duri g he week he lec ured daily from 7:30 o 8:30 am a d agai hrice weekly from 11 am o oo , o classes of up o 90 s ude s, aged 14 a d 16. (Al hough his lec ures were prese ed i E glish, followi g he precede of Hu cheso , ra her ha i La i , he level of sophis ica io for so you g a audie ce oday s rikes o e as ex raordi arily dema di g.) Af er oo s were occupied wi h u iversi y affairs i which Smi h played a ac ive role, bei g elec ed dea of facul y i 1758; his eve i gs were spe i he s imula i g compa y of Glasgow socie y. Amo g his circle of acquai a ces were o o ly remembers of he aris ocracy, ma y co ec ed wi h he gover me , bu also a ra ge of i ellec ual a d scie ific figures ha i cluded Joseph Black, a pio eer i he field of chemis ry, James Wa , la er of s eam-e gi e fame, Rober Foulis, a dis i guished pri er a d publisher a d subseque fou der of he firs Bri ish Academy of Desig , a d o leas , he philosopher David Hume, a lifelo g frie d whom Smi h had me i Edi burgh. Smi h was also i roduced duri g hese years o he compa y of he grea mercha s who were carryi g o he colo ial rade ha had ope ed o Sco la d followi g i s u io wi h E gla d i 1707. O e of hem, A drew Cochra e, had bee a provos of Glasgow a d had fou ded he famous Poli ical Eco omy Club. From Cochra e a d his fellow mercha s Smi h u doub edly acquired he de ailed i forma io co cer i g rade a d busi ess ha was o give such a se se of he real world o he Weal h of a io s. he heory of Moral Se ime s I 1759 Smi h Published his firs work, he heory of Moral Se ime s. Didac ic, exhor a ive, a d a aly ic by ur s, he heory lays he psychological fou da io o which he Weal h of a io s was la er o be buil . I i Smi h described he pri ciples of “huma a ure “, which, oge her wi h Hume a d he o her leadi g philosophers of his ime, he ook as a u iversal a d u cha gi g da um from which social i s i u io s, as well as social behaviour, could be deduced. O e ques io i par icular i eres ed Smi h i he heory of Moral Se ime s. his was a problem ha had a rac ed Smi h’s eacher Hu cheso a d a umber of Sco ish philosophers before him. he ques io was he source of he abili y o form moral judgeme s, i cludi g judgeme s o o e’s ow behaviour, i he face of he seemi gly overridi g passio s for self-preserva io a d self-i eres . Smi h’s a swer, a co siderable le g h, is he prese ce wi hi each of us of a “i er ma ” who plays he role of he “impar ial spec a or”, approvi g or co dem i g our ow a d o hers’ ac io s wi h a voice impossible o disregard. ( he heory may sou d less aive if he ques io is reformula ed o ask how i s i c ual drives are socialized hrough he superego.) he hesis of he impar ial spec a or, however, co ceals a more impor a aspec of he book. Smi h saw huma s as crea ed by heir abili y o reaso a d - o less impor a - by heir capaci y for sympa hy. his duali y serves bo h o pi i dividuals agai s o e a o her a d o provide hem wi h he ra io al a d moral facul ies o crea e i s i u io s by which he i er eci e s ruggle ca be mi iga ed a d eve ur ed o he commo good.
He wro e i his Moral Se ime s he famous observa io ha he was o repea la er i he Weal h of a io s: ha self-seeki g me are of e “led by a i visible ha d. wi hou k owi g i , wi hou i e di g i , o adva ce he i eres of he socie y.” I should be o ed ha scholars have lo g deba ed whe her Moral Se ime s compleme ed or was i co flic wi h he Weal h of a io s, which followed i . A o e level here is a seemi g clash be wee he heme of social morali y co ai ed i he firs a d largely amoral expla a io of he ma er i which i dividuals are socialized o become he marke -orie ed a d class-bou d ac ors ha se he eco omic sys em i o mo io . ravels o he Co i e he heory quickly brough Smi h wide es eem a d i par icular a rac ed he a e io of Charles ow she d, himself some hi g of a ama eur eco omis , a co siderable wi , a d somewha less of a s a esma , whose fa e i was o be he cha cellor of he exchequer respo sible for he measures of axa io ha ul ima ely provoked he America Revolu io . ow she d had rece ly married a d was searchi g for a u or for his s epso a d ward, he you g Duke of Buccleuch. I flue ced by he s ro g recomme da io s of Hume a d his ow admira io for he heory of Moral Se ime s, he Approached Smi h o ake he Charge. he erms of employme were lucra ive (a a ual salary of &pou d;300 plus ravelli g expe ses a d a pe sio of &pou d;300 a year af er), co siderably more ha Smi h had ear ed as a professor. Accordi gly, Smi h resig ed his Glasgow pos i 1763 a d se off for Fra ce he ex year as he u or of he you g duke. hey s ayed mai ly i oulouse, where Smi h bega worki g o a book (eve ually o be he Weal h of a io s) as a a ido e o he excrucia i g boredom of he provi ces. Af er 18 mo hs of e ui he was rewarded wi h a wo-mo h sojour i Ge eva, where he me Vol aire, for whom he had he profou des respec , he ce o Paris where Hume, he secre ary o he Bri ish embassy, i roduced Smi h o he grea li erary salo s of he Fre ch E ligh e me . here he me a group of social reformers a d heoris s headed by Fra cois Ques ay, who are k ow i his ory as he physiocra s. here is some co roversy as o he precise degree of i flue ce he physiocra s exer ed o Smi h, bu i is k ow ha he hough sufficie ly well of Ques ay o have co sidered dedica i g he Weal h of a io s o him, had o he Fre ch eco omis died before publica io . he s ay i Paris was cu shor by a shocki g eve . he you ger bro her of he Duke of Buccleuch , who had joi ed hem i oulouse, ook ill a d perished despi e Smi h’s fra ic mi is ra io . Smi h a d his charge immedia ely re ur ed o Lo do . Smi h worked i Lo do u il he spri g of 1767 wi h Lord ow she d, a period duri g which he was elec ed a fellow of he Royal Socie y a d broade ed s ill fur her his i ellec ual circle o i clude Edmu d Burke, Samuel Joh so , Edward Gibbo , a d perhaps Be jami Fra kli . La e ha year he re ur ed o Kirkcaldy, where he ex six years were spe dic a i g a d reworki g he Weal h of a io s, followed by a o her s ay of hree years i Lo do , where he work was fi ally comple ed a d published i 1776. he Weal h of a io s Despi e i s re ow as he firs grea work i poli ical eco omy.
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