Title: The Authentic Adam Smith: His Life and Ideas (Enterprise)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: W. W. Norton 2007-08-06
0393329941 / 9780393329940
Seller ID: 20070720117046
Adam Smith (1723-1790) has been adopted by neoconservatives as the ideological father of unregulated business and small government. His "invisible hand" has become a commanding shorthand for politicians promoting laissez-faire economics, but Smith never used it in reference to free-market capitalism. Smith was a deeply moral man who considered himself a philosopher, not an economist. Drawing on twenty-five years of research, James Buchan renders an Adam Smith untainted by political and economic interests. This compelling narrative uncovers Smith's passionate commitment to develop an ethical theory essential to his vision of a just commercial society.