Recent Engagements with Adam Smith and the Scottish Enlightenment

The Center for the History of Political Economy Working Paper Series No. 2015-08

38 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2015

Date Written: June 1, 2015

Abstract

Recent literature on Adam Smith and other 18th Scottish thinkers shows an engaged conversation between the Scots and today’s scholars in the sciences that deal with humans — social sciences, humanities, as well as neuroscience and evolutionary psychology.

We share with the 18th century Scots preoccupations about understanding human beings, human nature, sociability, moral development, our ability to understand nature and its possible creator, and about the possibilities to use our knowledge to improve our surrounding and standards of living. As our disciplines evolve, the studies of Smith and Scottish Enlightenment evolve with them. Smith and the Scots remain our interlocutors.

Keywords: adam smith, david hume, scottish enlightenment, recent literature

JEL Classification: A1; A12; A13; A14; B1; B3; B30; B31; B4; B40; B41; C9; C90

Suggested Citation

Paganelli, Maria Pia, Recent Engagements with Adam Smith and the Scottish Enlightenment (June 1, 2015). The Center for the History of Political Economy Working Paper Series No. 2015-08 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2619822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2619822

Maria Pia Paganelli (Contact Author)

Trinity University ( email )

Dept. of Economics
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
United States

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