The Reception of Adam Smith in Greece: A Most Peculiar Metakenosis

22 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2011

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Nicholas J. Theocarakis

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Economics

Date Written: June 13, 2011

Abstract

This paper examines the reception of Adam Smith ideas in Greece from their first appearance in commercial handbooks of pre-independence Greece to the academic treatment of Smith in the first half of the twentieth century. It discusses how Smith was perceived in the translators’ comments in the first books on political economy and the views on Smith of the major academic economists of the nineteenth and twentieth century. The paper examines the use of Smith in arguments over economic policy in the nineteenth century and provides a description of all available translations of Smith’s works into Greek.

Keywords: Adam Smith, Dissemination of Economic Ideas, History of Economic Thought in Greece

JEL Classification: B12, A14, B31

Suggested Citation

Theocarakis, Nicholas J., The Reception of Adam Smith in Greece: A Most Peculiar Metakenosis (June 13, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1864189 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1864189

Nicholas J. Theocarakis (Contact Author)

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Economics ( email )

1 Sofokleous Street
Athens, 10559
Greece

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