Remarks from 1809 by Dupont de Nemours on Adam Smith

Econ Journal Watch, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 174-184, May 2011

11 Pages Posted: 26 May 2011

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Daniel B. Klein

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Frederic Sautet

The Catholic University of America (CUA) - Busch School of Business

Date Written: May 22, 2011

Abstract

This document offers an English translation of remarks that Pierre-Samuel Dupont de Nemours made in 1809, remarks principally about Adam Smith. Dupont suggests repeatedly that Adam Smith fudged some points in The Wealth of Nations, because, says Dupont, Smith “thought that in order to maintain public peace, one should not assault infirm eyes with a bright light turned too directly towards them.” This document from 1809 makes a nice companion to the 1788 letter from Dupont to Smith, recently translated and discussed by Prasch and Warin (2009); in which Dupont wrote: “By assaulting their eyes with a bright light, we would reconstitute their blindness.”

Keywords: Adam Smith

JEL Classification: B12

Suggested Citation

Klein, Daniel B. and Sautet, Frederic E., Remarks from 1809 by Dupont de Nemours on Adam Smith (May 22, 2011). Econ Journal Watch, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 174-184, May 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1849724

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